New York, NY, June 05, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Kara M. Maciel, Chair, Labor & Employment Practice, Conn Maciel Carey PLLC to Speak at KC’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Ambush Election Rules Unionizing a Workforce: What you Need to Know in 2015 and Beyond Live Webcast.
The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Kara M. Maciel, Chair, Labor & Employment Practice, Conn Maciel Carey PLLC will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Ambush Election Rules Unionizing a Workforce: What you Need to Know in 2015 and Beyond Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for September 25, 2015 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).
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About Kara M. Maciel
Kara M. Maciel is a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and Chair of the firm’s national Labor & Employment Practice Group. She focuses her practice on representing employers in all aspects of the employment relationship.
Ms. Maciel works to create workplace solutions for her clients across all industries. She regularly provides advice and counsel to unionized and non-unionized workplaces regarding an employer’s rights under the National Labor Relations Act. She defends employers in litigation at both the federal and state levels, including matters related to ADA, FLSA, FMLA, Title VII, and affirmative action/OFCCP regulations.
Ms. Maciel pays special attention to the issues facing companies in the hospitality (including hotel owners and managers, resorts, restaurants, spas, country clubs, golf clubs, and fitness clubs); retail; grocery; food and dairy distribution; healthcare; trade association; and non-profit sectors.
About Conn Maciel Carey PLLC
Conn Maciel Carey is a boutique law firm focused on Labor & Employment, OSHA, and Litigation. The clients we serve — from multi-national organizations to start-ups to individuals — seek us out for strategic guidance ranging from day-to-day employment counseling to managing government regulatory investigations to leading complex litigation. What sets us apart is our special emphasis on workplace challenges, our creativity in crafting positive solutions, and our passion for serving our clients’ interests.
In December 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) implemented a final rule amending the agency’s representation-case procedures. The ‘ambush election’ rules, which govern the procedures for union representation elections, go into effect on April 14, 2015. The rule would dramatically shorten the duration between a union’s filing of a petition to represent workers and the holding of a vote. This ‘ambush’ election rule would constrain employers seeking to respond to union organizer arguments; among other issues.
The new rules constitute the most sweeping regulatory change ever implemented by the Board. The rules will favor unions by enabling union elections in 10 to 21 days after the union requests a vote, and almost eliminate most employer rights during the representation case process. The new rules now make it easier for unions to organize all employers in any industry. Other changes include disputes over voter eligibility and bargaining unit inclusion or exclusion will be delayed until after an election, and pre-election hearings must start eight days after the date petition filing.
Union officials understandably favor the new rule since less that 7% of the US private sector work force is unionized. Many companies see the new rule as a license to muzzle worksite opponents, unnecessary, and exceeding the board’s authority.
Companies and unions will come to logger-heads over the new rules. Companies need to plan carefully to address the new rules and plan for compliance and mitigation of litigation risks.
NRLB Ambush Election Rules
Expedited Union Elections (10-21 Days)
Voter Eligibility Issues Deferred
Expedited Hearings and NLRB Position Statements
Lists of Employees for the Union
Countering Ambush Elections
About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
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