John Baker

NLRB/Black Lives Matter Redux

In 2020, I wrote a client alert describing the best practices in managing personnel when approaching the intersection between the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and when social issues seep into the workplace. Specifically, my article described a Philadelphia grocery store’s impulsive response to employees wearing #BLM shirts, masks and pins. While the store saw …

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Why Will Smith’s Oscar Slap Matters – Disability Discrimination Revisited

We all saw it live or on social media – Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during an Oscars on-stage moment that was unforgettable. Smith reacted to a joke that Rock expressed about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. What either was well known at the time or learned later by all of us is that Ms. …

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Takeaways From an Earlier Generation’s Labor Management Strategies

This blog post is designed to provide some fresh ideas for managing your workforce by sharing stories I have learned from my father over the years. It is a bittersweet time to write this. My father is 95 years old, in a long-term healthcare facility, and is just now starting to show his age. A …

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NLRB Legal Chief Signals Joint Employer and Secondary Picketing As Issues To Address in 2022

Just in time for the holidays, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel, Jennifer Abruzzo (GC Abruzzo), has revealed her hand on two specific and oft-debated issues to be taken up by the Board in 2022. While much of the nation is currently focusing on vaccinations and mandates, GC Abruzzo made her policy intentions …

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