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Survey Article


This Article surveys the 1995 decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that addressed issues in the areas of traditional labor law. This Article specifically discusses decisions by the Eleventh Circuit under the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA), the Labor Management Relations Act ("LMRA"), the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 ("FLSA"), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA7).

Unlike the past few years, this survey year the Eleventh Circuit did not decide many cases which involved labor law issues. There were numerous unpublished opinions by the Eleventh Circuit dealing with the activities of various labor unions, their elections, and the interpretation of certain collective bargaining agreements. These unpublished opinions, however, are not considered binding precedent. This year, the Eleventh Circuit's published opinions appear to have focused more on the interpretation of certain guidelines in the FLSA, as well as the ERISA statute. This Article does not attempt to address all the cases decided by the Eleventh Circuit that touched upon these traditional areas of labor law. Instead, the Article addresses some of the more noteworthy decisions by the Eleventh Circuit in 1995 and attempts to provide practical guidance to the practitioner for these types of claims.