NLRB: 2 employer-friendly court rulings

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued two rulings that tighten up two controversial decisions issued during the Obama administration. 

The rulings affect the NLRB’s independent contractor standard and what type of workplace behavior constitutes a protected action under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

Ruling No. 1: Independent contractor standard expanded

The independent contractor case, SuperShuttle DFW Inc. involved shuttle-van-driver franchisees of SuperShuttle at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

The Board concluded that the franchisees weren’t employees under the NLRA but rather independent contractors excluded from the Act’s coverage. 

Their rationale? The Board found that the franchisees’ leasing

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