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Invalid NLRB Recess Appointments Mean Controversial Decisions Get a Second Look

In Noel Canning, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that President Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) violated the Constitution. Non-union and union...more

The NLRB Battle Continues Against Even the Most Basic of Employee Rules

The war on reason being waged by the National Labor Relations Board and its Administrative Law Judges against primarily non-union employers continues. From the decisions appearing almost weekly, it seems that a design exists...more

NLRB Discounts Use of Handbook Disclaimers to Avoid Interference Claims

Over the past year, EmployNews has reported a growing series of decisions by the National Labor Relations Board calling into question the use of common employee handbook policies by non-unionized employers. These decisions...more

NLRB Strikes Down “Negativity” Policy

Eighteen months ago, we reported on a slate of decisions from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which struck down social media, confidentiality and other similar policies from non-union employee handbooks. Last week...more

Federal Court Enforces NLRB’s Decision To Strike Down Overbroad Confidentiality Policy

Eighteen months ago, we reported on a slate of decisions from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which struck down social media, confidentiality and other similar policies from non-union employee handbooks. In a...more

On the 10th Day of Privacy, my employer gave to me …..

And, no — it was not a big fat bonus. On this 10th Day of Privacy, we look ahead at employment related privacy issues …. As use of social media and other technologies continue to raise serious employment-related...more

Preparing for the Aug. 29 Restaurant Workers Strike and Beyond

Non-union restaurant workers are being urged to strike nationally on Aug. 29 by unions and others hoping to raise industry wages and promote union representation....more

An NLRB at Full Strength Means Problems for Non-Union Employers

Earlier last week, the Senate confirmed the President’s nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). For the first time in over 10 years, the NLRB now has a full complement of five members. ...more

Closing Shop: Courts Look to Rein in the NLRB

Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) has engaged in an aggressive campaign to extend its reach into non-union workplaces with the goal of facilitating unionization....more

OSHA Issues Controversial Opinion Letter Concerning Union Presence During Inspections

Employers should be aware of a recent opinion letter issued by OSHA, the branch of the United States Department of Labor charged with enforcing federal law governing workplace safety and health....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

OSHA Opens Worksites to Allow Union Representatives to Participate in Walk-around Inspections of Non-Union Companies

In a new letter of interpretation publically released on April 5, 2013 (originally dated February 5, 2013), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced for the first time that during an OSHA inspection...more

A Wolf at the Door: Could a Labor Union Encourage Your Employees to Ask OSHA to Inspect Your Non-Union Facilities – Then...

Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), absent a few highly unusual situations, a non-employee union representative can be denied access to an employer’s property at any time. Workplace inspections conducted by OSHA...more

Interpretation Letter Permits Union Organizers To Be Employee Representatives During OSHA Inspections At Non-Union Worksites

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently released a Letter of Interpretation authorizing employees at non-union workplaces to designate union organizers to act as their employee representative...more

Non-Union Employees at Worksite Safety Inspections Contradicts OSHA Regulation and Creates Host of Issues for Employers

With private sector union density steadily declining, unions will take help anywhere they can get it. The most recent case in point: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued an interpretation letter on...more

NLRB Orders Reinstatement And Backpay For Employee Who Was Unlawfully Discharged For Discussing Salary Information At Work

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the legitimacy of the current National Labor Relations Board in the wake of the Noel Canning decision, the Board has continued to issue decisions that have serious consequences for...more

Non-Compete Agreements Survive Labor Board Scrutiny — For Now

The National Labor Relations Act (the “NLRA”) has always applied to both unionized and non-unionized workplaces. However, one of the priorities of President Obama’s appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (the...more

NLRB Gets Busy – Part 2 NLRB Incursion Into Non-Unionized Workplace

In January, we told you about recent activity by the National Labor Relations Board that overturned or departed from settled precedent. As promised, in Part 2 of this Alert series we summarize recent decisions where the...more

Non-Union Employer’s Mandatory Arbitration Provision Violates The NLRA

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues with its trend of finding fault with employer policies, this time holding that a non-union company’s mandatory grievance and arbitration policy violated the National Labor...more

NLRB Gets Busy – Part 1 NLRB Departs From Decades Of Precedent

The close of 2012 brought a flurry of activity by the National Labor Relations Board and the Board has not slowed down in the New Year. Several of the Board’s recent decisions mark significant departures from decades of...more

The Second Obama Term: NLRB Outlook

Employers should expect a continuation of the policies from the last four years as the NLRB seeks to extend the reach of the NLRA to nonunion workplaces and promotes increased unionization and collective bargaining....more

NLRB: Use of Social Media Can Be Protected Employee Activity

The rise of social media has led to the application of old law to new forms of communication. For instance, an effort by the National Labor Relations Board to educate workers on their right to engage in protected concerted...more

NLRB’s Actions in 2012 Highlight Critical Labor Issues for Nonunion Employers

In 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) aggressively staked out positions on employment policies and practices prevalent in both union and nonunion workplaces. These issues include social media policies...more

What Some Would Call Harassment, The NLRB Calls Protected Concerted Activity

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its latest opinion on the scope of employees’ Section 7 rights while posting on social media sites like Facebook. Hispanics United of Buffalo, which involved 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

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