Employee Rights National Labor Relations Board

Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -
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Update: The NLRB and Employment-At-Will Policies in 2014

We originally addressed this topic on November 9, 2012, discussing the National Labor Relations Board’s scrutiny of employer handbooks containing employment-at-will provisions. Since these disclaimers are widely used in...more

Employee Calls You A “F****** Crook” While Complaining About Work And Wages: Now What?

It’s late afternoon. You call a three-month employee into a small conference room – along with two managers – for a talk about his attitude. He complains that he and his coworkers aren’t paid enough, don’t receive proper...more

How Employers Fared With the Supremes This Term and What the Future May Hold

During its recently concluded 2013 term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two labor and employment cases, three constitutional or quasi-constitutional cases that impact labor and employment concerns, and one tax...more

Bubba Gump Shrimp’s Social Media Policy Passes Muster, ALJ Says

In Landry’s Inc., Case No. 32-CA-118213 (June 26, 2014), an NLRB Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found a social media rule concerning its wholly owned subsidiary, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurants, Inc., to not violate the...more

Make Mine a Venti Hazelnut Latte with an F-Bomb

In the words of the immortal Yogi Berra, “it’s like déjà vu all over again.” For the second time in a month, the Nasty Language National Labor Relations Board has decided that an employee should not have been fired for...more

NLRB General Counsel Says Employees Have Right to Use Employer E-Mail Systems for Union Organizing

On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel filed a brief asking the Board to rule that employees have a protected right to use their employer’s internal e-mail system for union organizing. The Board’s...more

Old Fashioned Protected Concerted Activity Stirred Up With A Twist

A recent NLRB ALJ decision illustrates the old and the new under the National Labor Relations Act (“Act”). The case is Gates & Sons Barbeque of Missouri, Inc. and Workers’ Organizing Committee, Kansas City, No. 14-CA-110229...more

New NLRB Ruling Creates New Hazards for Employer Retaliation Policies

In the latest in a series of decisions impacting non-union and unionized employers, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a new decision that jeopardizes enforcement of employers’ anti-harassment and...more

NLRB ALJ Rules That An Interim Grievance Procedure Does Not Require An Arbitration Option

In a decision issued last week, an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) ruled that an interim grievance procedure between an employer and a newly-certified union did not have to...more

NLRB Stands Behind Swearing Salesman

Employers beware: the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) decided that an employer, a car dealership, unlawfully discharged an employee after his lewd outburst in a meeting. On remand from the United States Court of...more

NLRB Asserts Jurisdiction Over a Charter School in New York

For the first time in New York State, a Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has asserted NLRB jurisdiction over a New York charter school, and ordered an election for a unit of approximately 35...more

NLRB Rules That Employee who Launched “F-Bombs” at Company Owner Did Not Lose Protection Under Federal Labor Law

If an employee curses at and blatantly disrespects the owner of the company for whom he works, most people would reasonably conclude that the employee can be discharged. However, a recent decision issued by the National Labor...more

Executive Briefing - May 2014

In This Issue: - ADA Reasonable Accommodation Requests: Avoid Rigid Policies and Consider Technology - IRS Issues Guidance on Qualified Plan Amendments Regarding Same Sex Spouses - OSHA to Refer Untimely...more

The Truth About As*holes

Here’s the truth: we are a litigious society. For a lot of reasons beyond the scope of this blog, a smarter workforce with ever-increasing access to information and resources continues to file employment lawsuits in record...more

Employment Law - June 2014

Appellate Court Tosses Employee’s Seating Suit - Why it matters: An employer won a rare victory in a suitable seating case when a California appellate court affirmed summary judgment in a suit brought by a sample...more

"Busted" by Buttons — When Union Propaganda May Be Permitted in Patient Care Areas

Nurses and other health care workers are usually allowed to wear pro union buttons, stickers and other insignia at work absent special circumstances. However, one area of health care facilities, such as hospitals, where...more

Healthcare Employers Must Be Consistent When Restricting Union Buttons and Other Insignia

The National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "Board") recently held that a healthcare employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by prohibiting employees from wearing union protest stickers. See HealthBridge...more

Despite an Appellate Remand, the NLRB Allows an Ad Hominem Attack on an Employer

In its recent 2-1 decision in Plaza Auto Center, Inc., 360 NLRB No.117 (May 28, 2014), the National Labor Relations Board again demonstrated its pro-employee bias and its willingness to twist a circuit court mandate and facts...more

NLRB Finds Health Care Employer Unlawfully Removed Union Flyers and Prohibited Employees From Wearing Union Insignia

On May 22, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its decision in Healthbridge Management, finding that Healthbridge Management, LLC violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by removing flyers from...more

NLRB To Determine If Employees Have A Statutory Right To Use Employers' Email And Other Communications Systems For Union...

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has invited the public to file amicus ("friend of the court") briefs by June 16, 2014 addressing whether employees have the statutory right to use employers’ email and other...more

Federal ALJ Says Social Media Policy Cannot Require Employees to State That Their Opinions Are Not Those of the Company

In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board has attacked a range of employer social media policies that sought to restrict employees’ complaints or disparaging remarks about their employers. The NLRB contends that...more

OSHA and the NLRB Offer Safety Whistleblower Plaintiffs a Second Bite of the Apple by Resurrecting Untimely Whistleblower Claims

In our last Workplace Safety & Health blog post, we discussed proactive steps employers can take should the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) arrive with a union representative or community activist to...more

The NLRB Battle Continues Against Even the Most Basic of Employee Rules

The war on reason being waged by the National Labor Relations Board and its Administrative Law Judges against primarily non-union employers continues. From the decisions appearing almost weekly, it seems that a design exists...more

Companies Acquiring Unionized Businesses Face Increased Scrutiny by the NLRB

Companies acquiring unionized businesses are likely to face increased scrutiny from the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”). On May 9, 2014, NLRB General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr., issued a memorandum instructing...more

The Joint-Employer Standard: Like All Good Things, Is It About To Meet Its End?

On May 12, the National Labor Relations Board issued a notice and call for amicus briefs to address whether the Board should maintain its existing joint-employer standard or adopt a new one. Notice and Invitation to File...more

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