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The New NLRB 'Quickie' Elections and Other New NLRB Rules

(424 Ratings)

Produced on: October 23, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

The National Labor Relations Board, the US agency in charge of handling union-management relations, has been busy in the past 18 months. A newly seated full quorum of NLRB members has worked to ease standards for union elections in the United States. Through the use of its power to promulgate regulations, coupled with recent NLRB Board decisions, the agency has changed decades of jurisprudence in the area of labor relations, typically in the favor of unions. Whether you are pro-management or pro-labor, a union facility or union-free, a large manufacturer or a small retail establishment, these new changes in the laws of labor relations will affect you. The use of technology by unions and employees has caused a burst of rulings by the Board that sometimes stretch to marry an 80-year-old law with instant, public communications between employees.  


In this course, attorney Paul Burmeister discusses the above issues as well as what is perhaps the biggest change of all: a new regulation affecting union elections and shortening the window to allow the union to hold an election.


Learning Objectives: 

I.     Understand what direction the NLRB is taking and how that may impact your relationship with employees 

II.    Comprehend what the new ‘Quickie Election Rule’ is, how it works, and the practical implication for employers and employees alike 

III.   Recognize how an employer’s policies allow employees and unions access to its email system and understand what the NLRB has ruled on this topic 

IV.   Determine whether—and when—an employer can discipline employees for engaging in certain activities, or whether those activities are protected under the NLRA 

V.    Identify how positive employee relations from an employer help to prevent entanglement by unions and keeps your employees productive and happy 


Paul Burmeister

Davis & Campbell L.L.C.

Paul focuses his practice on representing business owners, companies, and educational institutions, primarily in the areas of labor and employment. Paul handles all aspects of employment litigation on behalf of employers and management, as well as general counseling on day-to-day employment matters. He also advises clients in union settings and maintaining positive employee relations. Paul spends a significant portion of his time defending clients in all manners of employment litigation, regularly appearing before the EEOC, IDHR, the National Labor Relations Board and Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, as well as federal and state courts.

Paul has been admitted to practice and represented clients in several jurisdictions, including the State of Illinois, Seventh Circuit Appellate Court, and the Central and Northern District Courts of Illinois (where he is a member of the Trial Bar).

Paul is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Illinois State Bar Association.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A. 1991; M.A. Labor Relations, 1997)

Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., 2001)

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Elizabeth J.


Eric L.

Very informative program.

Julie F.

Good NLRB review.

Thomas L.

Good broad coverage of NLRA with additional detail on latest developments regarding quickie elections.

John K.

Great Moustache!

Charles S.

Did not expect to enjoy it, but I did. Who knew such an old law could be so dynamic.

Kenneth C.

goodspeaker, knew the subject well

Maria H.

He was very knowledgeable about the topic. He was great!

Susan F.

Very good presentation.

Stephen B.

Good job of identifying recent developments.

Henry V.


Robert B.

Good to have a traditional labor lawyer; consider a program which has both employer and union lawyers presenting

John A.

Outstanding presenter.

Shirley d.

Excellent update on the NLRB.

Rhonda G. W.

Thank you for an excellent program

Chukwuka O.

Great teacher!

Murray M.

Good refresher

John S.

very good program

Brian D.

I appreciate his passion on the subject matter

Elizabeth B.

knowledgeable. concise, and fascinating!

Lee G.

Good beginner course in NLRB

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