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Labor Management Law Answer Book (2019 Edition)

Author(s): Brian West Easley, David S. Birnbaum, Joanne R. Bush
Practice Area: Employment and labor, Labor law, Labor relations, Labor unions
Date: Feb 2019 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402433214
PLI Item #: 250390

Labor Management Law Answer Book is a concise overview of the controlling provisions of the NLRA and the other major federal labor legislation. Reflecting the in-depth knowledge and experience of the authors, in question-and-answer format, it walks the reader through every requirement of federal law, including:

  • Obligations under executive orders affecting labor relations of federal contractors
  • Federal preemption of state regulation
  • Reporting requirements of unions and employers
  • Protected and unprotected activity
  • Duty to bargain
  • Unfair labor practice case procedures, and
  • Regulation of union dues and administration

Labor Management Law Answer Book also provides:

  • A concise guide to all of the requirements of the NLRA, LMRA, LMRDA and other federal statutes
  • Detailed guidance on what is and is not permitted activity by both unions and employers in any negotiation
  • Coverage of emerging issues of critical importance like collective bargaining in the public sector
  • The context and analysis necessary to effectively plan and execute a labor strategy against the backdrop of complex and constantly evolving federal law, and
  • Relevant planning opportunities and strategies to optimize proactive decision-making

Brian Easley represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Brian’s practice is focused on labor-management relations, and he has extensive experience representing employers throughout the United States in collective bargaining, union organizing and decertification proceedings, unfair labor practice proceedings, strikes and picketing disputes, corporate campaigns, neutrality and card check agreements, arbitration proceedings, and labor litigation. Brian frequently assists employers with labor and employment aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and advises distressed employers with respect to labor and employment issues in bankruptcy proceedings. His traditional labor practice includes employers in the manufacturing, oil and gas, energy, mining, automotive, aerospace, railroad, transportation, private equity, media, retail, telecommunications, technology, hospitality, health care, and construction industries.

Brian’s practice also includes trial and appellate litigation of employment disputes, including representing employers in employment litigation before federal and state courts throughout the United States.  He also represents employers in class action litigation pertaining to wage and hour compliance, employee benefits, affirmative action, and other employment issues. In addition to his litigation practice, he counsels employers regarding labor and employment issues, including hiring issues, compensation and benefit practices, reductions in force, mergers and acquisitions, employment and severance agreements, non-competition agreements and trade secrets, wage and hour compliance, and occupational safety.

Brian is a member of the American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section and the subcommittees on Practice and Procedure Under the NLRA, Development of the Law Under the NLRA, Employee Rights and Responsibilities, and Employee Benefits), the State Bar of Illinois, The Chicago Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section), and the State Bar of Texas (Labor and Employment Section).  Brian is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Brian has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013. 

Brian is a contributing author to the PLI Labor Management Law Answer Book 2012-14, as well as the labor law treatises The Developing Labor Law and How to Take a Case Before the NLRB. He is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment law issues, and has spoken on such diverse topics as labor-management relations, international labor and employment law, union organizing and corporate campaigns, arbitration, strikes and picketing, decertification and deauthorization proceedings, Railway Labor Act issues, employment discrimination, religious discrimination and accommodation, sexual harassment, affirmative action, wage and hour compliance, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and federal recordkeeping requirements.    

David Birnbaum represents employers in complex labor and employment matters. His practice focuses on collective bargaining, arbitration, litigation, strikes, picketing disputes, corporate campaigns, and representation proceedings arising under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA). David has obtained outstanding results on behalf of leading employers in high-profile matters resulting in recent recognition as a "Client Service All-Star" (BTI Consulting Group), a "Next Generation Lawyer" (The Legal 500), and one of the "Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" in the United States (Lawdragon/HR Executive). His traditional labor practice spans employers in the automotive, construction, health care, hospitality, manufacturing, media, mining, oil and gas, private equity, railroad, retail, telecommunications, and transportation industries.

David has extensive experience representing clients in connection with labor and employment aspects of restructurings, bankruptcies, and mergers and acquisitions. He also has significant experience with a wide range of employment litigation and regularly counsels employers in all areas of labor and employment law. Clients with whom David has worked include Advocate Health Care, Continental Automotive, CSXT, HCA, Kraft Heinz Company, National Railway Labor Conference, Saputo, Sutter Health, Verizon, Wal-Mart, WMATA, and Wabtec.

Joanne Bush has more than 15 years of experience counseling and representing employers in all aspects of employment and traditional labor law. She has successfully represented companies in complex wage and hour class and collective actions as well as employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, and contract claims. Joanne also has significant experience representing and advising clients in restrictive covenant and trade secret disputes.

Working with clients to establish best practices, avoid litigation, and accomplish corporate goals, Joanne provides strategic advice and day-to-day counseling on a variety of employment compliance issues. She drafts personnel policies, employment agreements, and severance agreements. Joanne also conducts manager training, wage and hour audits, and internal investigations of employee complaints, including sexual harassment. She is described by clients in Chambers USA as "highly knowledgeable and talented and has gone above and beyond to help us through important legal issues swiftly."

Joanne also maintains a robust traditional labor practice. She negotiates collective bargaining agreements, represents employers in labor arbitration, unfair labor practice proceedings, union election and decertification proceedings, and labor litigation and provides strategic advice to companies regarding corporate campaigns, strike and contingency planning, bargaining strategies, interpreting collective bargaining agreements, and bargaining obligations under the National Labor Relations Act. Joanne regularly advises on and negotiates the labor and employment aspects of corporate transactions, with a particular focus on the energy industry.