National Labor Relations Board Protected Concerted Activity

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The National Labor Relations Board is an independent agency of the United States federal government created in 1935 as part of the National Labor Relations Act. The Board consists of five presidentially-appointed members, who are charged with overseeing union elections and hearing complaints of unfair labor practices under the NLRA.    less -
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Gavel to Gavel: Blurring online

Most employers consider the National Labor Relations Board a federal entity that decides legal issues related to workplace union activities. What many employers don’t realize is the NLRB has authority over any concerted...more

2014 Labor Law Update

In This Presentation: - “We’re Back” - Recent Developments - “Protected, Concerted Activity” - Recent Developments - “Bettie Page would be rolling over in her grave” - NLRB Issues Opinions On Social...more

Social Media & Protected Activity: Not Always a Third Rail for Employers

The efforts of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to expand the definition of employee activity protected by section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and its aggressive prosecution of employers alleged to...more

One-Day Walkouts: Protected Activity or Unprotected Absenteeism?

Over the last two years various community activist groups—many backed by labor organizations—have implemented aggressive, public strategies designed to disrupt the workplace and put pressure on employers, especially in the...more

To Be Disrespectful Or Not To Be - That Is The Question

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how the NLRB continues to have problems with policies and practices that prohibit employees from engaging in vague, undefined behavior that could constitute “protected concerted...more

Rumor Has It: Employers Need To Be Wary of “No Gossip” Policies

Although most employers would agree that gossip in the workplace is detrimental to employee morale and productivity, banning it could be a risky proposition. In a recent decision, Laurus Technical Institute, NLRB ALJ, No....more

Latest NLRB Developments Regarding Social Media Policies

Social media on the Internet have become enormously popular in recent years as more and more people log on to chat, blog and post updates on an infinite variety of topics. In response to this phenomenon, many companies have...more

New NLRB G.C. Plots Activist Course

The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board serves important policy-making and prosecutorial decision-making roles. While the “GC” acts independently of the adjudicative “Board” arm of the agency, both, in a...more

“Loath to create a circuit split,” the Fifth Circuit Overturns NLRB’s D.R. Horton Ruling that Class Arbitration Waivers in...

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rendered its long-awaited decision in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. NLRB, No. 12-60031 (5th Cir. Dec. 3, 2013), revised December 4, 2013, which reversed the National Labor Relations Board...more

NLRB Judge Rules Facebook Chatter Was Concerted Activity, But That Conduct Was Egregious Enough To Justify Employees' Termination

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge recently held that while two employees’ Facebook discussions were concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the particular conduct at...more

Oh, F*©k No: Administrative Law Judge Rules that Employees’ Expletive-Laced Facebook Posts are not Protected Under the National...

With the increasing prominence of social media, employers have been rightfully concerned about the impact of employees’ out-of-work statements on the work place—particularly when it comes to the reputation of the employer. In...more

Double Take - An NLRB Win For Employers?

In prior posts, I summarized the three-step analysis that employers should use before taking adverse action against an employee because of that employee’s social media activity: 1. Was the social...more

General Counsel Urges the National Labor Relations Board to Overturn Current Precedent and Permit Employees to Use Company-Owned...

Last week, an administrative law judge (ALJ) from Region 21 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) issued a decision addressing two employment policies that the general counsel for the NLRB argued...more

More Decisions on Social Media

You have read in this newsletter and elsewhere that the National Labor Relations Board has been cracking down on company policies that restrict what employees can say about their employers. New decisions continue to narrow...more

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Alert: September 2013 - NLRB's New Ruling Could Spell Trouble in Harassment...

In a recent ruling, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has expressed the view that telling employees that they may not discuss an internal investigation may violate an employee’s Section VII rights. In Banner Health...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

Social Media: A Double-Edged Sword

Social media is one of the fastest growing tools businesses use to employ marketing tactics in a timely and cost effective manner. ...more

A Bell Is Un-Rung: It’s “Never” too Late to Update the Handbook

Regularly updating your employee handbook is not just a good practice, but it is of particular importance given the recent scrutiny of handbook language by the Acting General Counsel (AGC) of the National Labor Relations...more

The NLRB - More Rapid Fire From An Unauthorized Weapon?

What a quagmire we find ourselves in. Actually, that the NLRB finds itself in. Although continuing to issue rulings and advice memoranda in a sort of free- and unfettered-looking way, the question of the NLRB’s authority to...more

NLRB: Employee’s Outburst In Calling Manager “Trouble” Not So Egregious As To Render Conduct Unprotected

A theme we have followed here with interest is protected concerted activity, and what kinds of conduct might render otherwise protected activity “unprotected.”...more

The Next Frontier for NLRB: Videos & Photos in the Workplace?

At the Connecticut Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, NLRB Boston Regional Director Jonathan Kreisberg gave a thorough update on the agenda of the federal agency....more

Email Policy Cannot Be Used To Squelch Protected, Concerted Activity

Employers must ensure that their email policies advise employees of the appropriate use of email. ...more

Employers Beware: NLRB Continues to Target Policies and Agreements

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) continues its pursuit of employee handbooks and employment contracts in a series of recent decisions examining the lawfulness of confidentiality and alternative dispute...more

NLRB Finds Discussions With Employees Of Another Employer Can Constitute Protected Activity

As we discussed with participants in our recent Labor and Employment Law Seminar, despite recent setbacks, the National Labor Relations Board continues to issue decisions that are concerning for employers....more

Non-Unionized Employers: The NLRB Commands Your Attention

Many non-unionized employers might be surprised to learn that they, too, are governed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In fact, in 2012, the NLRB launched a website directed at non-union employees, which details...more

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