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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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Supreme Court Opinion Calls into Question Hundreds of NLRB Rulings

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited Noel Canning decision (NLRB v. Noel Canning, 572 U.S. ____ (2014)), and invalidated President Obama’s January 2012 appointments of three individuals to the...more

Social Media in the Workplace – Employers Must Now Comply With Strict NLRB Oversight

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or the “Act”), 29 USC § 157, protects both union and non-union employees who form, join and assist labor unions, participate in collective bargaining, and engage in “other...more

Social Media Policies And The NLRB: What Employers Need To Know

Social media policies. Chances are your company has one, is in the process of drafting one, or is worried about not having one. Employees continue to gripe about their jobs and their bosses on Facebook, as states like...more

NLRB Issues Pair of Decisions Limiting Employer Discipline and Policies Regarding Social Media

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a pair of decisions helping to clarify the limits on employers’ ability to (1) discipline employees for their social media activities and (2) implement confidentiality...more

Dynamic Year Expected in Labor and Employment Law

President Obama's re-election, a newly active NLRB, and important decisions pending before the Supreme Court promise to make 2013 an interesting year in labor and employment law – domestically and internationally. Here is a...more

Labor Letter, January 2013: Has The NLRB Outlawed Courtesy?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has attracted attention in recent years for its scrutiny of employer rules and policies regulating conduct of employees – including employees who are not represented by unions or...more

Labor Pains for Employers: NLRB Delivers Twin Employee-Friendly Decisions on Employer Social Media Policies

The National Labor Relations Board recently issued two rulings on employer social media policies that can be construed as favorable to employees. As a result, it is recommended that employers take the time to specifically...more

NLRB Tackles Social Media Policies and a Firing Related to a Facebook Posting

This article addresses two recent National Labor Relations Board decisions. The first found the electronic posting rules of Costco Wholesale Corp. overly broad. The second found a “courtesy rule” of car dealership Karl Knauz...more

Healthcare Update, No. 4, November 2012: NLRB Continues To Set Sights On Healthcare Employers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has continued its aggressive attack on employers in the healthcare industry and nonunion employers generally. With a membership majority that is widely recognized as being pro-union,...more

NLRB Decisions Continue to Proscribe Social Media and Other Policies If They Could Arguably Be Construed to Limit Protected...

Employers that have or are considering instituting social media or civility policies may want to pay attention to two National Labor Relations Board (NLRB; the Board) decisions issued in September 2012....more

NLRB Addresses Knauz BMW’s Hot Dog Situation in its Second Decision Regarding Social Media

On September 28, 2012, the National Labor and Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued its second decision involving an employee’s use of social media. ...more

Corporate Social Media Policies Should Comply With Recent NLRB Decision

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a decision with significant impact upon employer policies that apply to employee use of social media. [Costco Wholesale Corporation, 358 NLRB No. 106 (Sept. 7,...more

NLRB’s Fine-Toothed Comb Approach Invalidates More Employer Handbooks and Policies

Social media and other employer policies continue to draw close scrutiny from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Recently, the NLRB issued its first binding decision involving employees’ rights under a common social...more

First NLRB Decisions on Social Media Give Employers Cause to Update Policies, Practices

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) recently issued its first two rulings on employer social media policies and its first ruling on an employee’s termination due to posts on Facebook. These rulings are significant for...more

Social Media Policies in the NLRB's Crosshairs

Between the summer of 2011 and the spring of 2012, the Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Lafe Solomon, published three Advice Memos that expressed his views on the application of the...more

NLRB Finds That Employer Lawfully Fired Employee Over Facebook Posts, But Its Courtesy Policy Violated The NLRA

On October 1, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued another decision addressing the intersection between the National Labor Relations Act (the Act), social media, and handbook policies prohibiting...more

NLRB Strikes Down Employee Handbook Language and Issues First Social Media Decision

Continuing its aggressive foray into nonunion workplaces, the NLRB has weighed in on social media and employee handbook issues, finding certain language to be unlawful under Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations...more

NLRB Strikes Down Part of Costco’s Social Media Policy

On September 7, 2012, in a decision that is likely to have wide-ranging implications for companies’ social media policies, the NLRB issued a decision finding that Costco’s policy prohibiting defamatory statements about the...more

Social Media Policies under Attack by the NLRB

In its first-ever decision on an employer's social media policy, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found Costco Wholesale Corp.'s policy to be overly broad and unenforceable in the case Costco Wholesale...more

Employment and Labor Law Alert: NLRB Strikes Down Many Common Employment and Social Media Policies.

On Tuesday, just weeks after the National Labor Relations Board issued its first decision on an employer's social media policy in Costco Wholesale Corp., an administrative law judge joined in the Board's efforts to scrutinize...more

NLRB Rejects Costco’s Social Media Policy

NLRB Rejects Costco Social Media Policy–Sends a Message to Employers On September 18, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board issued its first formal decision on an employer’s social media policy. The NLRB rejected...more

Revise Your Social Media Policy If It Says This

If you have a provision similar to the one below in any of your employee agreements, handbooks, etc. or are considering including one, make sure you read the rest of this article....more

NLRB Clubs Costco Social Media Policy

A panel of the National Labor Relations Board has found that electronic posting rules issued by Costco Wholesale Corporation violated the National Labor Relations Act. The Board panel largely followed guidance issued...more

The NLRB Finds That Social Media Policy Violates The National Labor Relations Act

In its first ruling on an employer’s social media policy, the National Labor Relations Board found that Costco Wholesale Corporation’s social media policy in its employee handbook violated the National Labor Relations Act....more

NLRB to Costco: Your Social Media Policy Needs a Do-Over

There is no denying that the NLRB has recently devoted significant attention to employee’s use of social media. Since August 2011, the Board’s Acting General Counsel, Lafe Solomon, issued three reports outlining his view of...more

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