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The New NLRB Representation Case Rule - Podcast

Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Podcast
Homer L. Deakins, Jr., Brent Garren, John N. Raudabaugh March 30, 2015

On December 15, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board published a final rule amending its representation case procedures, which will become effective on April 14, 2015. According to the Board, the final rule retains the essentials of existing representation case procedures but removes “unnecessary barriers to the fair and expeditious resolution of representation cases.” Among other things, the rule shortens the election process to as few as 14 days from the current median time of 38 days, requires employers to give unions employees’ personal telephone numbers and email addresses, and makes post-election appeals discretionary with the Board rather than as of right.

The final rule has been challenged in lawsuits brought by employer associations in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and Western District of Texas. The complaints allege that the rule will restrict communication between employers and employees before an election, depriving employers of due process and speech rights and employees of information needed to decide intelligently how to vote.

  • Homer L. Deakins, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • Brent Garren, Deputy General Counsel, Local 32BJ, Service Employees International Union
  • Hon. John N. Raudabaugh, former member, National Labor Relations Board, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law, Ave Maria School of Law, National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update - March 2015 - Podcast

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
Wayne A. Abernathy, Todd J. Zywicki March 13, 2015

Members of the Federalist Society’s Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Executive Committee provided an update on recent important activity at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Recent developments included the results of the CFPB's arbitration study, the suspension of credit card agreement submission to the CFPB, new criticism of the CFPB's mortgage rate tool, and new payday lending rules.

  • Hon. Wayne A. Abernathy, Executive VP for Financial Institutions Policy and Regulatory Affairs, American Bankers Association
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

“Sue-and-Settle” and the Endangered Species Act - Podcast

Environmental Law & Property Rights and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups Podcast
Susan Combs, Justin Pidot, William Yeatman February 18, 2015

Endangered Species Act listing settlements between the Environmental Protection Agency and private parties have not always allowed state participation or input. Truncated legal proceedings may not sufficiently recognize private partnerships with states to remedy habitat conservation concerns. State actors, energy industries, ranchers, and private property owners have asked how the process may better serve all interests. As some states face settlement decrees that represent potentially dozens – to over a hundred – new listings, is there a way to ensure equity and full process for all concerned parties?

  • Hon. Susan Combs, Former Comptroller of Public Accounts, State of Texas
  • Prof. Justin Pidot, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • William Yeatman, Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update - February 2015 - Podcast

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
Wayne A. Abernathy, Todd J. Zywicki February 12, 2015

Members of the Federalist Society’s Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Executive Committee provided an update on recent important activity at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Recent developments included a CFPB study on the Military Lending Act, activity at the FDIC related to Operation Chokepoint, the Independent Community Bankers Association survey of the effect of CFPB regulations on residential mortgage lending, and also a recent Harvard study about the effect of the Dodd-Frank Act on community banks.

  • Hon. Wayne A. Abernathy, Executive VP for Financial Institutions Policy and Regulatory Affairs, American Bankers Association
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law