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California Toughens Equal Pay Law

California employers may no longer pay employees of one sex less than employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work. This is because, earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill No. 358, the...more

Employment Law - October 2015 #2

Take the Cure: New California Law Permits Corrections of Wage Statement Violations - Why it matters: Employers may want to review their wage statements after Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that permits them...more

And The Beat Goes On… The NLRB's Attack on Confidentiality Continues

Many employers believe they have the absolute right to prohibit their workers from disclosing “confidential” information to coworkers and third parties. They are dead wrong. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has...more

An Emboldened Labor Board Continues to Expand Union and Employee Protections

With a series of significant new rules and opinions, the first three quarters of 2015 have proven to be very active for the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”). Increasingly, the Board has sought to expand the rights...more

NLRB Expands Joint-Employer Standard: Exercising Direct Control No Longer Required

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) overturned decades-old precedent by vastly expanding its definition of “joint employer,” upending established federal labor law and creating tremendous uncertainty for companies....more

The NLRB's Assault on Employee Handbooks: Potentially Illegal Workplace Rules and Policies

Most employers and their legal counsel take pride in rules and policies that have become standard fare in the workplace. Employee Handbooks almost always contain, and certainly should contain, conspicuous provisions that...more

The NLRB Expands Its Reach in the Non-Union Workplace

The National Labor Relations Board continues to infiltrate the workplace even where there are no unions. Standard workplace policies — including those relating to employee conduct, protecting intellectual property, use of...more

Dealership Handbooks Remain In The NLRB's Crosshairs

As we advised almost a year ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recently been subjecting dealership handbooks to increased legal scrutiny. Whether or not your dealership is unionized, your employment policies...more

NLRB Limits Confidentiality in Workplace Investigations

In two decisions issued on June 26, the National Labor Relations Board overruled its longstanding precedent holding that employers may withhold witness statements from requesting unions and further held that general policies...more

Helpful Guidelines For Employee Handbook Drafting

The NLRB has recently been active in analyzing whether employee handbooks violate Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”). In light of this, it is advisable for employers to try to imagine their handbook...more

New Guidance Regarding Employee Handbooks — Part One: Don’t Let Your Confidentiality Provisions “Chill” Employee Communications

It is a great time for employers to review their employee handbooks. Richard F. Griffin, Jr., General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), recently issued a lengthy and detailed report summarizing the NLRB’s...more

NLRB General Counsel Offers Guidance on Employer Policies and Rules

On March 19, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made public new guidance governing a number of keys areas that have been challenging employers for the last few years. These clarifications could affect employers’...more

NLRB Restricts Company From Requiring Employee to Keep Performance Improvement Plan Confidential

When faced with performance or disciplinary issues, human resource professionals often turn to use of a performance improvement plan (PIP) as a method to explain to employees problems with their work and expectations for...more

"Balancing Protection of Information With Employee Rights in Confidentiality Policies"

The developing law on employer confidentiality policies underscores the tension between an employer's ever-increasing need to protect confidential information and an employee's established right to discuss terms and...more

Mingling Employee Smartphone and Company Work Product Can be Dangerous

Many people will receive new smartphones as presents this month. Think carefully as an employer before allowing your employees to mingle work and pleasure on the same phone....more

NLRB Rules Tiffany & Co. Privacy Policy Violated the NLRA

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) took a jeweler’s loupe to high-end jewelry designer Tiffany and Company’s privacy policy (the “Policy”), and ruled that the Policy violated the National Labor Relations Act...more

When Acting to Prevent Data Breaches and Comply with Privacy Laws, Remember Overarching Employee Rights

The grocery business may be “fresh and easy,” but drafting a confidentiality and data protection policy that withstands the scrutiny of the current National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is not. The NLRB, in its recent 2-1...more

Really? Requiring Someone To Use Information “Fairly And Lawfully” Can Be Illegal?

Companies have lots of very good reasons for adopting codes of conduct. These reasons include: - Ensuring compliance with applicable exchange listing rules (e.g., NYSE Rule 303A.10 and NASDAQ Rule 5610); -...more

Social Media in the Workplace -- A New Web of Regulations Falls on Employers

Employers with a non-union workforce may be surprised to learn that their non-supervisory employees have legal protections enforced by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB has recently taken an aggressive...more

Heard it through the grapevine: The National Labor Relations Act’s tight grip on employer confidentiality policies

One of your top workers, Emily Employee, comes to you distraught: She can no longer take Carla Co-Worker’s harassing comments about Emily’s religion. Some of the comments Emily relayed to you sound pretty bad and would result...more

NLRB Takes Aim at Non-Union Employers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently handed down a series of decisions that challenged the fundamental tenet of the employee-employer relationship: at-will employment. This new affront came on the heels of a...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2012 Year in Review

Introduction - Wow, 2012 was quite the year for the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”)! Last year, we discussed the Board’s agenda, which at the time we described as aggressive, but with the benefit of...more

Employers Must Examine Their Employee Agreements For Compliance With The National Labor Relations Act

Recently, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision in Quicken Loans, Inc., which found confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions to be unlawful under the...more

Did You Know…Blanket Confidentiality Requirements Regarding Employment-Related Investigations Violate Section 7 of the NLRA

As part of its current campaign to take more aggressive positions regarding policies applicable to nonunion workers, the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that a human resources consultant’s routine practice of...more

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