Protected Concerted Activity The National Labor Relations Act

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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Updating Your Employee Handbook for 2016

Employee handbooks are an important way for employers to communicate rules, expectations and benefits to employees. They also can serve as a way for the company to establish its brand and convey its history and corporate...more

The NLRB Continues to Monitor Social Media Policies

According to this EmployNews report, the National Labor Relations Board continues to interpret the National Labor Relations Act to prohibit social media policies that restrict employees’ ability to publically complain about...more

Class and Collective Action Waivers Lawful under NLRA, Eighth Circuit Finds, Contrary to Seventh Circuit

The National Labor Relations Board erred in determining that a company violated the National Labor Relations Act by maintaining and enforcing a mandatory arbitration agreement which prohibited employees from bringing or...more

Appellate Courts Set the Supreme Court Stage for Waiver Showdown?

Many of our readers are no strangers to the ongoing legal battle over the enforcement of arbitration agreements containing class action waivers. While the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has steadfastly maintained its...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Unlawful Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers

The Seventh Circuit recently ruled that employment arbitration agreements containing class waivers are unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act. In doing so, the Seventh Circuit has created a circuit court split on...more

Score One for the NLRB: Seventh Circuit Becomes First Federal Appeals Court to Hold that Class/Collective Action Waivers in...

The Seventh Circuit recently became the first federal appellate court to say that employers can’t prevent class/collective actions through waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements, holding that such waivers interfere with...more

Employee Use of Company Email Systems

Many employers have policies that prohibit employees from using the company email system for personal emails. The theory is that the email system is set up and paid for by the company in order to facilitate company business,...more

NLRB Again Rejects Employer Code of Conduct Provisions Requiring Positive Coworker Relations

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board continued its rejection of employer conduct policies intended to promote harmonious and productive working relationships among employees. In T-Mobile USA, Inc., unionized...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements are Illegal and Unenforceable under the NLRA

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in Lewis v. Epic-Systems Corp., finding that the company's arbitration agreement, which prohibits employees from participating in “any...more

Quirky Question #279: Concerted Activity in 140 Characters or Less

Question: I am a manager in a medium-sized retailer that has locations and employees in 16 states. The company maintains a social media policy, which was recently updated. ...more

NLRB Rejects General Employee Behavior Standards in Code of Conduct

The National Labor Relations Board continues its assault on employer handbooks and other policies it considers to impede employees’ rights to engage in protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the NLRA. Last month, the...more

NLRB Invalidates Employee Handbooks and Work Rules that Aim to Create Workplace Harmony and Privacy

In a decision on April 29, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that employers do not have the right to prohibit employees from arguing with each other or recording each other, or require them to communicate...more

NLRB Continues to Allow Certain Rude and Aggressive Employee Behavior as Protected Concerted Activity

The National Labor Relations Board continues to scrutinize employer personnel decisions and workplace policies that arguably trigger the protections of § 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Recall that this section of the...more

Social Media Policy Cannot Prevent Employee from Negative Responses to Customer Tweets

The National Labor Relations Board continues to interpret Section 7 of the NLRA to prevent employers from adopting social media policies that restrict employees’ ability to publically complain about their terms and conditions...more

NLRA Protections for Derogatory Statements and Four-Letter Words Attacking a Company and its Managers

More and more employers, union and non-union alike, are getting ensnared in efforts by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or “Board”) to aggressively expand employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act...more

Legal Risks with Managing Employees in the Social Media Era

Social media continues to be a growing platform for applicants, employees, and employers to use for marketing, company branding, and employee engagement. As with any computer technology, the use of social media in the...more

Restaurant Forced to Rehire Employees Who Insinuated Food was Germ-Infested - Section 7 of the NLRA Guarantees Workers the Right...

The Jimmy John's sandwich franchise must have been surprised to learn that it had violated federal labor law when it disciplined employees who had posted hundreds of signs around its outlets suggesting that its sandwiches...more

#Concerted Activity in 140 Characters or Less

Employees have increasingly voiced concerns on social media regarding their employment, often including specific statements about their employers. As previously discussed on this blog, an employee’s Facebook post related to...more

Non-Union Employee’s “Bad Attitude” Protected by the NLRA

As a reminder that non-union employees are also protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago recently upheld a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision holding...more

Can Healthcare Providers Prohibit Employees From Using Recording Devices in the Workplace?

In the wake of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision in Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (Dec. 24, 2015), hospitals and healthcare providers will need to revisit their employee recording policies. This...more

Are Pennsylvania Employers Safe to Prohibit Recordings in the Workplace?

In an age of smartphones and wearable technology, one cannot escape the possibility that he or she is being recorded at any given time. The workplace is not immune from such possibilities as employees often carry—or sometimes...more

The Complaint Over Lunch With the Boss As Protected Activity

Is a non-union employee who speaks out about employment matters protected by the National Labor Relations Act? If so, under what circumstances? That question is critically important because if the employee is protected and...more

NLRB Says Employers Cannot Stop Employees From Recording Conversations In Meetings

On December 24, 2015, employees who want to make video and audio recordings of co-workers and company meetings received a holiday gift. In Whole Foods Inc. and United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 919, the National...more

Labor Smart 101 - What Employers Need to Know about the NLRA

Objectives - - Familiarize yourself with the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) - Recognize prohibitions of the NLRA - Discern Rights of Employers and Employees - Identify Impact -...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2015 Year in Review - An Overview of Major Developments in Labor Law

To mark the 80th birthday of the National Labor Relations Act, the National Labor Relations Board apparently decided to make history in 2015. The Board did just that, issuing several ground breaking decisions, and in the...more

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