Protected Concerted Activity

The phrase "Protected Concerted Activity" refers to certain protected activities specified in the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. Under the NLRA, covered employees may join together to improve... more +
The phrase "Protected Concerted Activity" refers to certain protected activities specified in the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. Under the NLRA, covered employees may join together to improve their wages and working conditions. If employees are engaged in "protected concerted activity" and suffer adverse employment consequences, such employees may seek redress under the NLRA, whether or not they are members of a union.  less -
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Dear Littler: Can A Boss Fire Someone for Off-Duty Political Activities?

Dear Littler: I saw one of my employees on the local news the other night participating in a political rally over the weekend. We try to maintain a tension-free workplace. Can I discipline him for this conduct? Can I at least...more

Supreme Court Justices (presumably 9 of them) Will Again Address Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses

Last Friday, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear cases from the 9th, 7th, and 5th Circuits in which the courts are split on the issue whether class action waivers in employee arbitration agreements violate Section 7 of the...more

Labor Relations Today: 2016 Year In Review

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

California and Criminal Convictions: Employers May Want to Reexamine Their Background Check Policies in Light of Proposed...

In early 2016, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) proposed regulations that are intended to define and clarify how using a person’s criminal history may violate the Fair Employment and Housing Act...more

The National Labor Relations Board’s Crackdown on Social Media Policies

If your company has a social media policy in its handbook, that policy is in the crosshairs of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB is the agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which,...more

NLRB Says Social Media Policy Cannot Prohibit Employees from Posting Pictures of Company Uniforms

At least for now, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues its assault on employer social media policies. In a recent Board decision, G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Inc., the majority declared a variety of policies...more

National Labor Relations Board Issues Yet Another Decision Finding An Employer’s Work Rules Overly Broad

The National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) recently issued a decision that serves as a reminder for both union and non-union employers that the Board continues to take an aggressive stance on seemingly innocuous employment...more

NLRB Continues to "Like" Enforcement over Social Media Policies and Related Issues

In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has focused attention on company policies that attempt to limit employee engagement in social media. Specifically, the NLRB has consistently taken the position that...more

“Smile, Though Your Heart is Aching": Great Lyric . . . But as a Workplace Policy? Employers Might Be Left Frowning

Recently the news media reported on a Trader Joe’s employee in New York City who was supposedly fired for not smiling enough. The story behind the glib headlines is that the employee, Thomas Nagle, filed an unfair labor...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects False Claims Act and Retaliation Claims Premised on Purported Breach of Contract

On October 11, 2016, the Seventh Circuit confirmed that there is no violation of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) where the defendant allegedly violated a self-imposed requirement that was not mandated by its contract with the...more

Fight for $15 Plans Protests, ‘Civil Disobedience’ on November 29

Fight for $15, the four-year-old movement to secure a minimum wage of $15 an hour, has announced plans for demonstrations, strikes, and protests in 340 cities across the country on November 29. Tens of thousands of employees...more

Labor & Employment Law Under President-Elect Trump

In the wake of the election results, the question on everyone’s mind now is: What impact will President-Elect Trump have on employers? Trump has thus far given few details on his thoughts on labor and employment. But with...more

What Clinton, Um, Trump Means For Social Media and Employment Law

This was supposed to be posted last Wednesday morning. All kinds of great insight into what a(nother) Clinton White House would mean for social media and employment law. Then came the required post-election cut and paste....more

Even Non-Union Employers Must Consider the National Labor Relations Act When Drafting Social Media Policies

While employers should enact social media policies to protect trade secrets and prevent employees from defaming the employer, employers must ensure the policies do not violate the National Labor Relations Act (“Act”). Even...more

NLRB Issues Numerous Decisions Against Employers as Hirozawa's Term Expires

In the midst of a heated presidential election cycle, employers are following recent decisions of the National Labor Relations Board closely. Before losing its three-member Democratic majority at the expiration of Board...more

Student Teaching Assistant Handbooks Unlawful?

Two years ago we reported on the case before the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) related to the Northwestern University’s scholarship football players seeking the right to unionize. The Regional Director in that...more

Cell Phones at the Workplace: Protecting Employee Safety

Seyfarth Synopsis: As OSHA’s enforcement relating to employee cell phone use gains more notoriety, it can be expected that it will have a significant collateral impact on law enforcement at all levels to address this hazard....more

Don’t Believe Everything You Read: Labor Board Has Not Ruled College Athletes Are Employees (Yet)

ESPN recently reported that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had “ruled” that Northwestern University’s football players were actually “employees,” and that the University’s policing of its football players’ social...more

The Unexpected Class Of 2016? Groundbreaking Labor Board Decision Creates New Class Of Supervisors

Recently, in a high-profile decision involving Columbia University, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that private college and university graduate and undergraduate student assistants – that is, students...more

Employers Hold Up on the Hand Out Policies: 11th Circuit Classifies Company Non-Solicitation Policy as Overbroad

You know that short non-solicitation policy in your handbook that says don’t handout stuff at work that doesn’t have to do with work that you think is clearly legal? Think again. A recent Eleventh Circuit decision agreed with...more

When Is The Medium (NOT) The Message? NLRB Prohibits Acute Care Hospital From Banning Picketing Unless Distressful To Patients

In Capital Medical Center 364 NLRB No. 69 (August 12, 2016), a majority of the Board recently concluded that a hospital violated Section 8(a)(1) of the NLRA, by threatening to discipline and arrest picketers and by summoning...more

Federal ALJ Says NLRA Also Protects Employee Social Media Use from Union Interference

Employers are well aware of the National Labor Relations Board’s increasingly aggressive prosecution of employers accused of violating employee rights by attempting to restrict their social media interactions. Earlier this...more

Bring in the TV Cameras: NLRB and D.C. Circuit Find Employees Airing Grievance in Media is Protected Activity

An employee goes on television and maligns his bosses for a new company policy with half-truths—and his bosses fire him for disloyalty. Sounds justified, right? Wrong. A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision...more

Split D.C. Circuit Panel Upholds NLRB: DirecTV Violated NLRA By Terminating Technicians For Statements Made During A News...

In a 2-1 ruling in DirecTV Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed the NLRB’s ruling that DirecTV must reinstate technicians who were terminated for complaining about a...more

Don’t Wait: Review Your Company’s Arbitration Agreement Now

Many businesses ask their employees to agree to arbitration to resolve employment disputes because arbitration can be cheaper and faster than the court system. Arbitration can also be used as a shield to prevent the filing of...more

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