As we enter the last quarter of 2023, here are some of the key issues impacting employers:
1. New joint employer standard: More companies will be pulled into union organizing campaigns, contract negotiations and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings involving their contractors when the NLRB issues a new joint employer rule.
2. Increased NLRB investigations and litigation: Union elections, activism and litigation at the NLRB are spiking. So far in 2023, there has been a 16% increase in unfair labor practice charges at the NLRB and high levels of union election petitions.
3. More aggressive union activity: More companies are facing pressure to accept terms, including adoption of union “neutrality agreements” which fast-track union organizing. There has been a 72% increase in strikes in 2023. Unions are expanding their ambitions, too. Physician groups are now targeted for major union organizing campaigns.
McDermott’s traditional labor subgroup advises companies and investors on union issues across industries in the United States and Europe. The team provides cross-disciplinary advising and works seamlessly with leading McDermott partners in employee benefits, antitrust, tax, corporate and healthcare practices, among others.