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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... more +
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 -

NLRB Affirms Stance on Employee Use of Company Email During Non-Work Time

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently affirmed its 2014 decision in Purple Communications, Inc. and Communications Workers of America, AFL–CIO which held that if employees are granted access to their employer’s...more

Second Circuit Holds Termination of Employee Who Attacked Supervisor in Obscene Facebook Post Violates NLRA

The Second Circuit said last week that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it fired an employee who criticized a supervisor on Facebook during an election. The catch here is that the Second Circuit...more

When Can an Employer Insist on Confidentially in an HR Investigation? DC Circuit Relaxes Standard Set by NLRB

by Clark Hill PLC on

On March 25, 2017, in Banner Health Systems v NLRB, the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, refused to enforce the National Labor Relations Board's (Board) Order that found that the employer violated...more

NLRB General Counsel Takes a Stand: College Scholarship Football Players Are Employees Under the NLRA

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In a memorandum issued on January 31, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel, Richard Griffin, provided a “guide for employers, labor unions, and employees that summarizes Board law regarding NLRA employee...more

D.C. Circuit Strikes Down Confidentiality Agreement That Encompasses Private Employee Information

In Banner Health System v. N.L.R.B., 2017 WL 1101104 (D.C. Cir. 2017), the court struck down a confidentiality agreement that encompassed “private employee information (such as salaries, disciplinary action, etc.) that is not...more

NLRB Restrictions on Employer Requests of Confidentiality in Workplace Investigations Remain After D.C. Circuit Decision

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed in part and rejected in part the National Labor Relations Board’s Banner Estrella decision regarding an employer’s requirement of confidentiality during...more

D.C. Circuit Confirms NLRB Order Striking Down Confidentiality Agreement

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On March 24, the D.C. Circuit upheld an order from the National Labor Relations Board that an employee confidentiality agreement was impermissibly overbroad in Banner Health v. NLRB. The confidentiality agreement was a...more

March Vastness: Blanket Policies on Employee Salary and Discipline Disclosures Unlawful Says D.C. Circuit Court

This past week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision addressing two on-the-bubble workplace confidentiality policies – one which made the cut, while the other one made its way over to the legal...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

Does Your Social Media Policy Apply Globally?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The surprising EU perspective - Drafting a global social media policy is a balancing act. Employers need to protect their legitimate business interests, but must do so with respect for the employees’ rights to freedom of...more

Talk Less, Smile More? Employee Political Speech and Activity

In the current political climate, talking politics has undoubtedly become a national pastime. Over the past several months, political discussions have been infiltrating the workplace, leaving many employers asking whether...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

‘A Day Without a Woman’ Demonstrations Planned for March 8

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On the heels of the “Day Without Immigrants” protest, thousands of women may take the day off from work on March 8, 2017, to underscore the value of working women to the economy. The organizers of “A Day Without a Woman”...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

New Hope for Employee Handbooks?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

During the prior Administration, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) scrutinized employment policies contained in handbooks and policy manuals, and found many of the policies unlawful under the theory that they...more

NLRB Finds Employee’s Facebook Posts Critical of Union Protected

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: NLRB affirms ALJ’s ruling finding that a union member’s criticisms on Facebook of the union that represented him were protected by the NLRA. On February 7, 2017, in Laborers’ International Union of...more

NLRB General Counsel Looks to Expand Reach of Federal Labor Law to Private Colleges and Universities; Believes that Scholarship...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Since 2014, the National Labor Relations Board has issued three significant decisions related to union organizing at private universities: Pacific Lutheran University; Columbia College; and Northwestern University. ...more

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait? Supreme Court Delays Class Waiver Decision Until Next Term

by Fisher Phillips on

A Full Complement Of SCOTUS Justices Bodes Well For Employers - When the U.S. Supreme Court announced several weeks ago it would settle a dispute about whether employers can use mandatory class action waivers with their...more

January 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

January was a busy month for independent contractor misclassification – and IC compliance. In addition to Lowe’s $2.85 million settlement with installers whom it classified as ICs, Lufthansa agreed to pay $1.1 million in...more

NLRB General Counsel Concludes Division I Scholarship Football Players are Employees under Labor Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Scholarship football players in Division I FBS private sector colleges and universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin has concluded....more

Expect Pro-Business, Pro-Employer Changes Under Trump Administration

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

When Donald Trump won the presidential election in November, management-side labor and employment lawyers everywhere scrambled to figure out what the changing administration would mean for our nation's employers and our...more

Justices to Consider Arbitration Agreements With Class Waivers – The End of the Beginning?

by BakerHostetler on

Apologies to Winston Churchill, but the conflict over the enforcement of arbitration agreements with class waivers has become an ongoing legal and ideological struggle. Some view individual arbitration as a quicker and less...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Class Action Waiver Cases

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, the Supreme Court consolidated and agreed to hear three appeals of Circuit Court decisions concerning whether class action waivers contained in employment arbitration agreements infringe on employees’ rights under...more

BREAKING DEVELOPMENT: Supreme Court to Rule on Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In August of 2016, we reported that the Ninth Circuit created a deeper circuit-split on whether class action waivers in arbitration agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) with its decision in Morris v....more

Supreme Court to Decide Class Action Waiver Issue

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Supreme Court issued an order today agreeing to hear three cases involving the National Labor Relations Board’s holding that class and collective class action waivers violate Section 8(a)(1). According to the Board’s...more

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