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Articles on Labor Law

Unfinished Business: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Recent Labor-and-Employment Cases

By Douglas A. Darch
April
2003
Article
Page 188
A review of the U.S. Supreme Court's remarkably large output of labor-and-employment cases in 2002.

What HIPAA’s Privacy Regs Mean for Employers and Group Health Plans

By Aaron W. Brooks
April
2003
Article
Page 192
Guidance for lawyers and their employer clients.

Public-employee pension pitfall

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2003
LawPulse
Page 110
Teachers, police officers, and other government workers charged with crimes related to their official duties have one thing in common ; they all face the loss of their pensions, a fact their lawyers should keep in mind.

Union protection extended to nonunion workers (or “I never promised them a Weingarten”)

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2002
LawPulse
Page 168
A federal circuit court ruling gives nonunion workers the right to have a coworker present at an employer's investigatory interview.

Are Plant-Shutdown Pension Benefits Protected?

By Michael F. Tomasek
January
2002
Article
Page 43
Federal courts are split on the issue.

Union Docs: The AMA, the HMOs, and Physicians’ Rights to Collectively Bargain

By Todd A. Lyon
March
2001
Article
Page 138
Can new labor organizations created by the AMA strengthen the hand of doctors and patients in the face of growing HMO power?.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
February
2001
Column
Page 56
When does may mean must? When it comes to appealing interlocutory orders

Informal requests for intervention to union stewards do not toll the six month statute of limitations under the Labor Management Relations Act

July
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 351
On May 24, 1999, the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's dismissal of the plaintiff's suit on the basis of a statute of limitations violation.

Part-Time Police Officers “Employed” by a Unit of Local Government

May
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 244
On March 3, 1999, the Attorney General published an opinion on two issues: (1) whether the use of the terms "employment'' and "employed'' in the definitions of the phrases.

Representing Workers Under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois Minimum Wage Law

By Peter S. Rukin
April
1999
Article
Page 208
A primer on these important worker protection laws.

“On-call” time at home not considered ``work” for emergency medical technicians under the Fair Labor Standards Act

March
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 130
On January 7, 1999, the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the holding of the United States District Court finding that hours spent by emergency medical technicians (EMTs) "on-call'' was not considered performing work within the meaning of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Union employee lacks standing to challenge an arbitration award absent allegations that the union breached its duty of fair representation

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
On September 24, 1998, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's holding that a union employee covered by a collective-bargaining agreement does not have standing to challenge an arbitration award in circuit court unless the employee has alleged that the union breached its duty of fair representation.

Six-month statute of limitations period does not apply to unfair labor practice claims under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)

November
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 596
On September 18, 1998, the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's ruling that a six-month statute of limitations did not apply to the plaintiff's unfair labor practices suit against the defendant labor organization.

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