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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

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

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

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

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

NLRB Protects Nonunionized Workers - Again

The National Labor Relations Board has issued yet another decision pertaining to non-unionized workplaces. This time, in Supply Technologies, LLC, the Board found that an employer’s mandatory grievance-arbitration policy...more

NLRB: Discharging Non-Union Employee’s for Facebook Posts Violated NLRA

In September 2011, we alerted you to the decision in Hispanics United of Buffalo, a decision by a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) examining an employer’s termination of employees because...more

NLRB Decision Regarding Confidentiality of Employer Investigations

As a result of a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), non-union employers who have a practice or policy that prohibits employees from discussing ongoing internal investigations of workplace misconduct...more

NLRB eyes non union workplaces

My article entitled "NLRB eyes non union workplaces" discusses the NLRB's recent intrusion into non union workplaces. The NLRB is already limiting what employers can say in their social media policies. Now it is attempting to...more

NLRB Administrative Law Judge Further Expands Controversial D.R. Horton Decision, Strikes Down Non-Mandatory Arbitration Agreement

The continuing saga over the treatment of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) D.R. Horton, Inc. decision and the broad implications that it holds for both union and non-unionized workforces recently added another...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

The "I"s Have It: NLRB Says Don’t Shred Those At-Will Disclaimers Just Yet

The NLRB Office of General Counsel issues refreshing (surprising? relieving?) advice memoranda backing off the position that any at-will disclaimer violates the NLRA, and stating that it is willing to evaluate each on a...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 Upholds Employee's Discharge In First Facebook-Related Decision

Executive Summary: In its first published decision involving employee Facebook access, the National Labor Relations Board has upheld the termination of an employee whose Facebook posts mocked an accident on his employer's...more

Employer's Routine Requests to Employees to Keep Internal Investigation Matters Confidential Found Unlawful by NLRB

On July 30, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that a non-union employer’s practice of routinely advising its employees not to discuss ongoing internal investigation matters with their coworkers violated...more

The NLRB Requires "A Legitimate and Substantial Justification" for Employer Confidentiality Requests

In its latest stroll through non-unionized employers' backyards, the NLRB has overturned one of its own Administrative Law Judge's (ALJ's) rulings concerning an employer's routine request that the employees involved in...more

NLRB Tries to Lift Cone of Silence

Recent editions of Foley’s Legal News: Employment Law Update have explained that all employers — even those without a unionized workforce — must take care to avoid unwittingly being subject to unfair labor practice charges...more

NLRB Extends Reach to Nonunion Workplaces

Recent cases challenge at-will employment, confidentiality, dispute resolution, and social media policies in nonunion workplaces. Over the last few years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken more...more

Mum's Not Necessarily the Word: NLRB Complicates Employers' Internal Investigations

In a ruling that affects both union and non-union employers, the National Labor Relations Board held that an employer must establish a specific legitimate business justification for requiring employees to maintain...more

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