The Good News: With Weingarten, The Law Is Enough!

By Ann Boehm, October 18, 2022 Once again, I’m writing about the Weingarten union representation right. This time I want to emphasize something that may seem overly obvious: Stick to the law! Let’s start with a refresher about the statutory language. The Weingarten...

The Good News: Lack of Candor is Better than Falsification, So Use It!

By Ann Boehm, June 21, 2022 In a misconduct case involving an employee providing false information, don’t charge “falsification” even if it’s for improperly filed time cards. I know — it isn’t logical but trust me on this one. In the office, you can call it...

The Good News: Hybrid Doesn’t Have to Be Horrible

By Ann Boehm, May 16, 2022 I’m predicting it now. The Merriam-Webster word of 2022 will be “hybrid.” I could be wrong. They may choose “inflation.” But I’m an employment lawyer, so I’m going with “hybrid.” In case you don’t pay attention to the Merriam-Webster...

The Good News: The Union Doesn’t Get to Attend Every Meeting (Part 2)

By Ann Boehm, April 11, 2022 This is final of my two articles on union attendance at meetings. Last month, I covered the Weingarten right. This month, it’s formal discussions. The statutory guidance on both types of meetings is in 5 U.S.C. § 7114(a)(2). The formal...

The Good News: The Union Doesn’t Get to Attend Every Meeting

By Ann Boehm, March 15, 2022 One of the most frequent labor relations questions I get from supervisors is, “Does the union get to attend meetings between me and an individual bargaining unit employee?” The answer to that question is, “It depends.” And I would add,...

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