Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act, Sixth Edition, with 2016 Cumulative Supplement

This treatise gives labor and employment law practitioners essential insight into all the latest updates in U.S. labor law. It covers the legal rights and duties of employees, employers, and unions, as well as procedures and remedies under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Updated regularly, it discusses major cases and what might be expected from the Board in the future.

John E. Higgins, Jr.
Steven D. Wheeless
Supplement Co-Editor-in-Chief
Patrick E. Deady
Supplement Co-Editor-in-Chief
Barry J. Kearney
Supplement Co-Editor-in-Chief


For more than 40 years, practitioners have relied on The Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act to keep them current on U.S. labor law. This two-volume treatise, written by distinguished members of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law representing management, labor, and neutrals, is the essential research tool for labor and employment law practitioners. It provides an authoritative, balanced perspective on the legal rights and duties of employees, employers and unions, as well as procedures and remedies under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). 

For the specialist, this classic reference is a quick means of accessing leading cases; for the generalist, it provides an excellent summary of the law and its development. Topics covered include employer-mandated confidentiality agreements, employee handbook restrictions on solicitations, the definition of critical terms such as “supervisor” and “independent contractor,” the obligation of an employer to provide financial information requested by the union during bargaining, the rights of employees to object to payment of full union dues under a union-shop agreement, the obligation of an employee who is unlawfully discharged under the NLRA to seek interim employment, employer restrictions on the use of company email to discuss union activity, and the standards for determining whether an employer's refusal to hire a "salt" is unlawful.


The 2016 Cumulative Supplement:

  • Addresses significant decisions reversing NLRB precedent
  • Discusses recent NLRB social media cases
  • Analyzes issues such as right of access to employer property, the line between valid and invalid work rules, and limitations on employee discussions of ongoing employer investigations of employee misconduct
  • Reviews the Board's decision in Babcock & Wilcox with respect to deferral of arbitration
  • Discusses Board policy in Murphy Oil USA with respect to employer mandatory arbitration agreements
  • Discusses the Board’s Final Rule regarding representation hearings


Part I. History of the National Labor Relations Act

Part II. Protected Employee Activity

Part III. The Representation Process and Union Recognition

Part IV. The Collective Bargaining Process

Part V. Arbitration and the Act

Part VI. Economic Action

Part VII. Relations Between Employee and Union

Part VIII. Administration of the Act

Appendix: National Labor Relations Act

Table of Cases



Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.
John E. Higgins, Jr., is an adjunct faculty member at the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, and is retired from the NLRB.

Steven D. Wheeless is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Phoenix, AZ, representing employers nationally in labor and employment litigation matters.

Patrick E. Deady is a partner at Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd. in Chicago, IL.

Barry J. Kearney is the Associate General Counsel of the Division of Advice at the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, DC.


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