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NLRB rules employers must bargain with unions before disciplining workers ahead of first contract

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 14, 2016, 11:36am

While unions and employers focus on bargaining points like pay and benefits ahead of their first contract, they’re also obligated to put discretionary discipline on the table, according to a recent National Labor Relations Board decision.

Server tips class action vs suburban Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee cleared to move forward

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 9, 2016, 6:18pm

Despite a federal appeals court's recent ruling that restaurants aren’t necessarily breaking federal labor law by requiring tipped servers to perform tasks other than waiting tables, a Chicago federal judge has decided to allow servers at several suburban Buffalo Wild Wings franchise locations to sue their employers for that same reason.

Lifetime Fitness could owe ex-trainers back wages, but not vacation pay in whistleblower suit

Dan Churney Sep. 23, 2015, 10:10am

A federal suit against the Lifetime Fitness chain of health clubs recently lost some muscle, when a judge ruled the company may owe fired personal trainers back wages for regular and overtime hours, but it does not owe them pay for unused vacation time. The case began July 7, 2014, when Jared Steger and David Ramsey filed a class-action suit in Cook County Circuit Court against LTF Club Operations Co.