National Labor Relations Board News

It’s Now Even Easier to Fire U.S. Workers for What They Say

Employers in the U.S. just got more latitude to fire employees who speak up about harassment and discrimination. They can already legally terminate people for almost any reason, including what they say at work. One of the few exceptions to …

U.S. Labor Board Limits Companies’ Liability for Franchisee Labor-Law Violations

A U.S. labor board on Tuesday finalized a rule that will make it more difficult to hold companies liable for unlawful labor practices by franchisees and contractors, reversing a more worker-friendly Obama-era standard criticized by business groups. The rule by …

Waymo’s Long-Term Commitment to Safety Drivers in Autonomous Cars

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo took a big step forward last fall when it began ferrying riders around the Phoenix area in robotaxis without human safetydrivers. Humans have been behind the wheel for almost all of the 20 million miles of testing …

In a High-Stakes Labor Showdown, McDonald’s Has Allies in the White House

In a television commercial that’s become part of the lore surrounding Donald Trump’s affinity for McDonald’s Corp., he embraced a purple, lumpy denizen of the fast-food chain’s “McDonaldland” and said, “Together, Grimace, we could own this town.” He was talking …

Google’s ‘Thanksgiving Four’ to File Federal Labor Complaint

Four software engineers fired by Google last week plan to file complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, in which they will argue they were the victims of illegal retaliation for workplace activism. The move would further escalate a conflict …

Rule Would Ease Companies’ Liability for Franchisee Wage Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday issued a proposal that would make it more difficult to prove companies are liable for the wage law violations of their contractors or franchisees, a top priority for business groups. If adopted, the …