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NLRB Continues to Throw Up Roadblocks for Internal Investigations

As we previously reported, the National Labor Relations Board has thrown down some pretty significant roadblocks for employers attempting to conduct thorough and actionable internal investigations. The Board continued those...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

Further Guidance: NLRB General Counsel's Office Weighs In On Confidentiality During Workplace Investigations

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) General Counsel Division of Advice ("Division of Advice") released a memorandum offering guidance to an NLRB Regional Director concerning employers requiring...more

Employment Law Advisory for May 1, 2013: NLRB Division of Advice Issues Guidance on When Employer May Demand Confidentiality in an...

Internal investigations of possible employee misconduct or other employment-related issues are not uncommon. Most employers who conduct such internal investigations routinely request that the complainant, the target of the...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

Employment And Labor Law Alert: The National Labor Relations Board Changes Course - Witness Statements Obtained During Workplace...

Until recently, the National Labor Relations Board's decision in Anheuser-Busch, 237 NLRB 982 (1978), was clear: employers were not obligated to provide witness statements collected during workplace investigations to the...more

Will The NLRB's Protection Of Water Cooler Conversations Trump A Company's Right To Keep Its Investigations Confidential?

Over the past year, the National Labor Relations Board has issued a series of decisions that have significantly expanded the rights of non-supervisory employees, including non-unionized employees, to discuss information that...more

NLRB Overrules Anheuser-Busch: Witness Statements Now Subject to Disclosure

Last year, we notified you here that the National Labor Relations Board will now consider a general employer rule requiring confidentiality during an internal investigation into an employee complaint to be an unfair labor...more

As 2012 Ends, So Does the NLRB's Longstanding Bright-Line Rule Protecting Witness Statements from Disclosure

As the calendar year ends, so does National Labor Relations Board Member Brian Hayes' term, prompting a series of decisions, including Piedmont Gardens, 359 NLRB No. 46 (Dec. 15, 2012). There the Board reversed 34 year-old...more

NLRB Overrules Longstanding Precedent, Provides Opportunity For Unions To Obtain Confidential Witness Statements Used In Internal...

Since 1978, employers had not been required to disclose witness statements provided in internal investigations to unions deciding whether to pursue various grievances. All that changed last week when the NLRB overturned its...more

NLRB Decision Sets New Rule on Confidentiality of Witness Statements

The National Labor Relations Board continued its attack on long established internal investigation best practices with its recent ruling in American Baptist Homes of the West, 359 NLRB No. 46 (December 15, 2012) in which it...more

NLRB Overrules Another Longstanding Precedent: Witness Statements No Longer Exempt From Disclosure

The precedents are falling fast. Last week the NLRB overruled the five decade old Bethlehem Steel decision, and now another longstanding precedent has fallen....more

NLRB Focuses On Employers’ Internal Investigations

Originally published in the November 2012 Issue of The HR Specialist. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the federal agency charged with enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), has increased its...more

NLRB Ruling Condemns Blanket Confidentiality Policies During Internal Investigations

In Banner Health System d/b/a Banner Estrella Medical Center, 358 N.L.R.B. No. 93 (2012), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that an employer’s maintenance and application of a general confidentiality rule...more

NLRB and EEOC May Target Employer Efforts to Keep Employees Quiet During Internal Investigations

A recent decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and comments from an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) attorney reveal a risk in prohibiting employees from discussing ongoing internal...more

Employer's Routine Requests to Employees to Keep Internal Investigation Matters Confidential Found Unlawful by NLRB

On July 30, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that a non-union employer’s practice of routinely advising its employees not to discuss ongoing internal investigation matters with their coworkers violated...more

Silence is Not Golden - Employers Should Rethink Policies that Silence Employees During Internal Investigations

In light of a recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) communication, employers should review their internal investigation policies to ensure that they do not completely silence employees. In an August 3,...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

Mum's Not Necessarily the Word: NLRB Complicates Employers' Internal Investigations

In a ruling that affects both union and non-union employers, the National Labor Relations Board held that an employer must establish a specific legitimate business justification for requiring employees to maintain...more

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