Last month, the solar eclipse captivated the United States and many consumers flocked to purchase solar eclipse glasses to safely observe the astronomical phenomenon. We previously reported how NASA issued a safety alert advising consumers on the proper eye protection they should seek. Now, some consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against a major online retailer for allegedly selling “unfit, extremely dangerous, and/or defective” solar eclipse glasses. As a result, the consumers allege “varying degrees of eye injury ranging from temporary discomfort to permanent blindness.”

Continue Reading Recall Roundup: September

At the end of May, President Trump unveiled his latest proposed budget blueprint for 2018. The proposed budget contains significant funding cuts for many government programs, including more than a 25 percent cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.
Continue Reading Proposed Budget Cut to the Food Stamp Program Worries Many Food Retailers

On March 6, 2017, an administrative law judge found that a nonunion automotive manufacturing facility in Alabama violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act when it terminated three employees who walked off the job over a holiday-season scheduling dispute.
Continue Reading Another Step in the NLRB’s Mission to Expand Definition of “Concerted Activity” under the NLRA

Retailers are exploring how to use drones to quickly deliver online orders to customers. In June 2016, the FAA issued a final rule permitting flights by commercial drones under certain conditions. While the rule was a welcome step forward for the commercial drone industry, the operational restrictions prohibited drones to fly over any populated areas due to safety concerns, essentially forbidding commercial drones in most urban areas.
Continue Reading Retailers Await New Drone Regulations Amid Trump Administration Regulation Freeze

While proactive retail employers are responding to, and preparing for, union organizing efforts at their retail stores, many supply chain workforces remain vulnerable to targeted union campaigns. Join us for a complimentary webinar on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, as we address the special circumstances and vulnerabilities of workforces at warehouses, distribution centers, transport and other supply chain operations.
Continue Reading Retail’s Blind Spot: Your Supply Chain and Distribution Facilities as Labor Union Organizing Targets