Just this month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) successively overturned four decisions that adversely impacted employers and were made while President Obama was in office. The earlier decisions expanded the definition of “joint employer”; scrutinized neutrally-worded work rules; required employers to notify and provide an opportunity to bargain to unions prior to taking actions (even if those actions were consistent with an established past practice); and, shifted the burden to employers to prove that employees should be included in a group of employees in an appropriate unit (or election group) as opposed to using the community-of-interest standard and as a consequence allowing unions to determine the unit based on the union’s extent of organization.

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