National Labor Relations Board

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 -
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"Guidance" That Does Not Guide: NLRB General Counsel Issues Interpretations of Common Employee Handbook Policies

We have not exactly been shy in expressing concern regarding many of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent actions, nor hesitant to opine that its actions appear purposefully designed to advantage unions and...more

NLRB Issues New Rules To Speed Up Election Process

In December 2014, the National Labor Relations Board issued new rules that it claims will modernize and streamline union certification elections. ...more

NLRB Issues Guidance on Employee Handbooks

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has recently been aggressive in its enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) and, in particular, Section 7 of the NLRA, which protects employees’ rights to form or...more

A Court Abandons Horton

In February 2013, we reported on a federal court in Idaho that followed the NLRB’s D.R. Horton decision and ruled that agreements to arbitrate all claims solely on an individual basis were unenforceable. Here’s the rest of...more

NLRB Report Concludes that Many Common Handbook Policies Violate NLRA

When employers hear “NLRB,” they immediately think “union.” This connection is understandable because, at least historically, the main focus of the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”) has been union-related issues....more

Does Your Handbook Hold Up? The NLRB Offers Guidance for Employment Policies

Having an employee handbook is an effective way to communicate the rules of the workplace and the employer's expectations of its employees. Employers not only use handbooks in day-do-day personnel management activities, but...more

The Year of Change Continues: New NLRB Election Rules Take Effect April 14

Barring a last minute surprise (and this writer is not betting on anything), the National Labor Relations Board’s new union representation case rules will take effect April 14. ...more

NLRB’s Do’s and Don’ts of Employer Handbooks: Part 1

On March 18, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel released a 30-page memorandum providing guidance on employer rules and handbooks. The memorandum further solidified the NLRB’s...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Memorandum Providing Justification for Employer Rule Decisions

Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has aggressively redefined the landscape for employer rules contained in employee handbooks, employee policies, and/or employment agreements....more

If You Can’t Say Anything Nice….NLRB General Counsel Releases New Report on Employee Handbook Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel released a report on recent case developments on March 18 involving employee handbook conduct restrictions. The stated purpose was to focus on rules that may have a...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Guidance Memorandum on Employee Handbook Rules

The General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) recently published a guidance memorandum that provides specific examples of lawful and unlawful employee handbook rules in the areas of confidentiality,...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2015

Recent Cases Provide Helpful Reminders Regarding Best Practices (and Pitfalls) with Employment Arbitration Clauses - Scrutiny of mandatory, pre-employment arbitration agreements continues before California state and...more

Are You Breaking The Rules? NLRB General Counsel Issues Extensive Report On Employer Rules and Handbooks

On March 18, 2015, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a report (General Counsel Memorandum GC 15-04) summarizing recent NLRB enforcement action regarding many common employment policies....more

NLRB General Counsel Offers Glimpse Into the Board’s Approach to Employee Handbooks

In a move that should remind all employers (whether unionized or non-unionized) to regularly review their employee handbooks, Richard F. Griffin, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (Board or NLRB),...more

Top franchise matters of 2014

DLA Piper IPT partners Barry Heller, John Verhey and John Hughes recently conducted a webinar reviewing 2014’s top franchise decisions. Three significant 2014 matters are summarized below. 1. In Patterson v. Domino’s...more

House Joins Senate in Passing Resolution to Disapprove New NLRB Election Rule

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 232-186 in favor of passing a resolution to disapprove the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB’s”) new “quickie election” rule, which becomes effective April 14 and is...more

NLRB General Counsel’s report on employee handbook rules provides some guidance . . . but employers may not like it

As we have previously reported, the National Labor Relations Board in recent years has put employee handbooks and policy manuals under a magnifying glass, searching for any provision that might, in its view, violate the...more

NLRB “Quickie Election” Rule Accelerates the Union Organizing Process

In December 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced new rules governing “Representation—Case Procedures.” The new rules—set to take effect in just under a month, on April 14, 2015—have been commonly...more

Did You Know…The Guiding Light on Employer Handbooks — Sort of

Most employers already know they cannot forbid employees from criticizing management, workplace conditions, or discussing salaries in person or on the Internet.  Employers cannot forbid employees from posting comments — both...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Report Concerning Legality of Common Employer Rules

On March 18, 2015, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin issued a Report Concerning Employer Rules, in a stated effort to provide guidance on the intersection of employer rules and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). ...more

NLRB’s General Counsel Issues Memorandum Identifying Illegal Employer Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made it clear that it will aggressively police employee handbooks and conduct policies, including those that cover non-union represented employers....more

NLRB Says “Mere Maintenance” of Employee Handbook Rules May Violate the NLRA

In recent years the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has aggressively sought to emphasize that its reach extends beyond solely unionized workforces.  On March 18, 2015, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin released a...more

NLRB Issues New Report on Employment Handbook Violations: Do you need a Handbook Review?

On March 18, 2015, the Office of the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, Richard F. Griffin Jr., released the much-anticipated report of cases raising significant legal or policy issues arising in the...more

Can Anyone Stop Them? NLRB’s New “Quickie” Union Election Rules Set To Take Effect April 14

On December 12, 2014 the NLRB adopted new union election rules, claiming that they will “modernize and streamline the process for resolving representation disputes.” These rules will become effective April 14th of this year....more

NLRB Offers Guidance on Employer Handbook Policies

Over the past several years, employers have struggled to reconcile handbook and other personnel policies with decisions of the National Labor Relations Board. Drawing lines more nice than obvious, the NLRB has invalidated...more

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