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NLRB issues new ruling for unilateral changes to employment terms

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Tuesday issued a ruling relaxing the standards for employers to make unilateral changes to employment terms without the union’s consent.

In adopting the “contract coverage” standard, the Board abandoned the “clear and unmistakable waiver” standard, which has been rejected by several federal courts of appeals, including the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which has plenary jurisdiction to review NLRB rulings.

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