- Written by Will Creger
For nearly 70 years, federal labor law has afforded states a choice about whether to put a right-to-work law on the book. If a state elects to be right-to-work, employees working for a unionized employer who do not support the union are not forced to pay union dues.
Since 1976, in a ruling called Machinists Local 697, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has held that employees in right-to-work states who are not union members cannot be forced to pay “grievance processing fees” to the union if they work in a unionized workplace. Last week, the NLRB asked for legal briefs on this issue signaling its intention to review the 1976 decision.
- Written by SLG Staff
What Is It?
Under Section 15(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), the United States Department of Labor ("DOL") has the authority to institute litigation in federal district court to enjoin the transportation, shipment, delivery, or sale across state lines of goods that have been produced by any employee who has not been paid the federal minimum wage rate or overtime compensation required by the FLSA, as well as goods that have been produced in locations where any children have been employed in violation of the FLSA's child labor provisions.