On March 24, 2014, a resolution (SCR96) was introduced in the Senate that would amend the New Jersey Constitution to give public employees the right to collective bargaining. The state constitution now gives public employees the right to form a union and submit grievances and proposals, but does not make collective bargaining a stated right. The amendment would have the effect of requiring collective negotiation with the representatives of the employees.
On October 13, 2021, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson allowed a new law addressing mandated COVID-19 vaccines for employees to go into effect without his signature. The Arkansas legislation specifically allows employees to opt out of COVID-19 vaccine requirements by means other than the medical or religious exemptions allowed by federal law, and it requires employers to provide a specific exemption process.
Since the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued the Specialty Healthcare decision in 2011, unions have been permitted to organize “micro-units” of an employer, such as employees of a department rather than employees of an entire facility. The Board’s recent decision in Guide Dogs for the Blind, 359 NLRB No……
New Illinois Legislation Requires Settling Defendants in Certain Civil Litigation to Promptly Deliver Releases and Payments to Plaintiffs
A new Illinois law aimed at preventing defendants from delaying payment after agreeing to settle a claim will impact Illinois employers that settle certain tort claims. The new section of the Civil Practice Law, “Settlement of claims; payment” (735 ILCS § 5/2-2301), will take effect on January 1, 2014. The new law will require non-governmental defendants in certain civil cases to deliver a release within 14 days after written confirmation of an agreement to settle and pay sums due under the agreement within 30 days after a plaintiff returns the executed release.