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Employee Handbooks Protected Concerted Activity

Employee Handbooks are reference manuals for new and current employees on the policies and procedures of a particular employer. A comprehensive employee handbooks outlines expectations and obligations for both... more +
Employee Handbooks are reference manuals for new and current employees on the policies and procedures of a particular employer. A comprehensive employee handbooks outlines expectations and obligations for both employees and employers and is an important part of effective human resource management. A proper handbook contains detailed information on non-disclosure and conflict of interest obligations, work schedules, employee compensation and benefits, anti-discrimination policies, and codes of conduct to name a few. less -

Another Federal Appeals Court Rejects Workplace Recording Bans

by Fisher Phillips on

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently became the second federal appeals court this year to hold that an employer’s rule prohibiting recording in the workplace violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In a July 25...more

I-13 – Policies, Policies, Policies, and Microchips Embedded in Employees

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Michael Schmidt of Cozen O'Connor addresses recent trends and noteworthy developments on certain employment policies related to political activity, confidential customer information, FMLA retaliation, and maximum leave...more

Trump NLRB Appointments May Result in Reversals of Multiple Labor Decisions

Last week, President Trump named his final appointee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), giving Republicans a majority of the board’s members. Over time, this majority is likely to reverse a number of controversial...more

Another Facially Neutral Employment Policy Bites the Dust

About a year ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) struck down another neutral employer workplace rule – this one against making unauthorized recordings in the workplace. The NLRB’s decision just was...more

Non-Union Employers Beware: Your Employee Handbook May Violate Employees’ Rights

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Can a company prohibit its employees from participating in public writing or speaking engagements without prior company authorization? What about speaking to the press or media? Such policies are common and routinely included...more

New NLRB Chair's Dissent May Point to Future Board Position on Challenges to Employee Handbook Policies

Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has repeatedly found that standard employee handbook provisions violate employees’ rights under Section 7 of the NLRA. These cases conclude that a variety...more

A Shift Toward Employers?

by BakerHostetler on

As most employers are now aware, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB, or the “Board”) in recent years has adopted more restrictive, non-employer-friendly approaches to what it will permit in workplace policies. These...more

Blowin' in the Wind? The Evolution of a Balanced Analysis of Workplace Policies by the NLRB

On February 24 , 2017, a two-member majority (Members Mark Gaston Pearce and Lauren McFerran) of the National Labor Relations Board, over the dissent of Acting Chairman Philip Miscimarra, struck down yet another handbook...more

Labor Relations Today: 2016 Year In Review

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

National Labor Relations Board Issues Yet Another Decision Finding An Employer’s Work Rules Overly Broad

The National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) recently issued a decision that serves as a reminder for both union and non-union employers that the Board continues to take an aggressive stance on seemingly innocuous employment...more

NLRB Issues Numerous Decisions Against Employers as Hirozawa's Term Expires

by Littler on

In the midst of a heated presidential election cycle, employers are following recent decisions of the National Labor Relations Board closely. Before losing its three-member Democratic majority at the expiration of Board...more

Executive Labor Summary - July / August 2016

NEWS & ANALYSIS - The NLRB continues its assault on workplace civility and efficiency– As we reported more than two years ago, Mark Gaston Pearce, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, and NLRB General Counsel...more

Employer Handbook Policies Violate the National Labor Relations Act

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we recently noted, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is laser-like focused on scrutinizing employer personnel policies. In yet another example of this ongoing campaign, a recent administrative law judge (ALJ)...more

NLRB Ruling in Social Media Case Provides Useful Guidance for Employers

by Littler on

Drafting a social media policy in compliance with Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or “the Act”) has become increasingly challenging for employers, as the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the...more

NLRB Says General Conflict of Interest Policies Violate Federal Labor Law

Another week, another National Labor Relations Board decision concluding that a standard employee handbook policy violates employees’ rights to engage in protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the NLRA. This time,...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds NLRB Position on Illegal Handbook Policies

Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board has repeatedly declared standard employee handbook policies illegal because it considered them to violate employees’ rights to engage in protected concerted...more

NLRB Tells Employers to Mind their Own Business

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: An Administrative Law Judge held that an employer’s policy of prohibiting employees from conducting personal business at work, along with its social media and solicitation/distribution policies, violated...more

Guidance On Handbooks, Policies, And Social Media Guidelines – Employers’ Attempts to Protect Themselves Too Much Can Lead to Loss...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The NLRB orders employer to cease and desist from maintaining numerous provisions in its Social Networking Guideline and provisions in the Handbook related to social media, privacy, and confidentiality, and...more

Updating Your Employee Handbook for 2016

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Employee handbooks are an important way for employers to communicate rules, expectations and benefits to employees. They also can serve as a way for the company to establish its brand and convey its history and corporate...more

Employee Use of Company Email Systems

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Many employers have policies that prohibit employees from using the company email system for personal emails. The theory is that the email system is set up and paid for by the company in order to facilitate company business,...more

NLRB Rejects General Employee Behavior Standards in Code of Conduct

The National Labor Relations Board continues its assault on employer handbooks and other policies it considers to impede employees’ rights to engage in protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the NLRA. Last month, the...more

2016: What’s on the Horizon for Salary Thresholds Under the FLSA, Employee Handbooks and the NLRB

by Snell & Wilmer on

There are several changes and new trends appearing this year in various areas of labor and employment law. This month’s Workplace Word highlights several of these changes and discusses what employers should expect this year....more

NLRB Invalidates Employer's "No Recording" Policies, Bolstering Employees' Ability to Record in the Workplace

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Christmas came a day early for labor unions. On December 24, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision that invalidated two employee handbook policies prohibiting employees from recording...more

National Labor Relations Board Continues to Limit Handbook Rules

The National Labor Relations Board has been increasingly active in reviewing rules for employee conduct described in personnel policy manuals and handbooks. The NLRB focuses on Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act,...more

Words Matter: D.C. Circuit Upholds (in part) NLRB's Ruling on Hyundai Handbook Policies

by Baker Donelson on

A recent opinion from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Hyundai Am. Shipping Agency, Inc. v. NLRB, illustrates the importance of word choice in handbook policies under the watchful eye of the National Labor Relations Board...more

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