Key 2017 NLRB Rulings and Reversals Impacting Non-Union and Union Employers

Handbook Policy Review, Mandatory Arbitration Agreements, Unilateral Implementation of Consistent Changes, Joint-Employer Status

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, June 7, 2018

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide labor and employment counsel with a review of the latest rulings and the enforcement initiatives from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), as well as the highly anticipated Supreme Court decision on the legality of mandatory arbitration agreements. The panel will discuss the impact of the NLRB’s decisions and strategies for employers—both non-union and union—to comply with National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) obligations.


During the latter part of 2017, the NLRB issued several significant rulings and reversals, including changing the standards when reviewing employee handbooks and returning to traditional standards in unit determinations in representation cases. The NLRB changes included doing away with “micro-units”, restoring settlement authority to administrative law judges and allowing employers to implement changes in between contracts consistent with its past practice. The NLRB also returned to its traditional joint-employer standard, only to later withdraw it under controversy.

Counsel to employers should immediately review their clients’ employment practices and provide guidance to both union and non-union employers in implementing best practices to avoid potential liability associated with the new rulings, while also evaluating how they may take advantage of the rulings.

Listen as our authoritative panel of labor and employment attorneys discusses the NLRB’s critical 2017 rulings and reversals, other recent enforcement activity, the anticipated Supreme Court decision on mandatory arbitration agreements, potential pitfalls for employers, and best practices for employers to comply with NLRA obligations in an evolving legal landscape. The panel will explain what the 2017 rulings and reversals mean for employers moving forward and discuss anticipated NLRB action.



  1. Recent NLRB decisions and enforcement activity
  2. Best practices for union and non-union employers
  3. Anticipated NLRB action


The panel will review these and other noteworthy issues:

  • What legal matters did the NLRB’s 2017 rulings address?
  • What freedom do employers now have to restructure their business and commercial relationships?
  • What questions remain for union and non-union employers following the NLRB’s 2017 decisions?
  • What steps should non-union and union employers take to ensure compliance with NLRA requirements in 2018 and beyond?


Darch, Douglas
Douglas Darch

Baker & McKenzie

Mr. Darch represents and counsels client in the areas of Labor and Employment law. His experience includes...  |  Read More

Ferrer, John
John S. Ferrer

Of Counsel
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart

Mr. Ferrer counsels employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters. His practice focuses on traditional...  |  Read More

Kearnaghan, Jason
Jason W. Kearnaghan

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

Mr. Kearnaghan represents employers in state and federal courts with respect to all facets of employment law including...  |  Read More

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