Protected Concerted Activity Unions

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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“Hijacking” Employer Email Systems for Union Organizing and Other Non-work Purposes

A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) has imposed requirements on employers to generally allow their employees to use the employer’s email systems in support of union organizing efforts and...more

NLRB Says You Can Call Your Boss Obscenities and Not Get Fired

Over the last several months, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a variety of controversial decisions related to its interpretation of what constitutes protected concerted activity under the National Labor...more

Do Your Company Policies & Procedures Stand up against the NLRB?

Many private businesses may be surprised to learn that the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “Board”) can and will regulate policies and procedures that impact employees’ right to organize under Section 7 of the...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

Is Your Computer Use Policy Legal? NLRB Finds a Presumptive Right for Employees to Use Employer’s Email System for Protected...

Does your company give employees access to company email? Do you prohibit employees from using the company email for personal, non-company use? If so, your policy may violate federal law....more

Three Key Labor and Employment Issues Facing Automotive Suppliers in 2015

While employees are an integral part of the manufacturing process, employment related issues will continue to face automotive suppliers in 2015 including: With many of its recent decisions and actions, the NLRB has...more

What’s Ahead in 2015 for Retailers in Labor and Employment Law? Part II

The recent Ogletree Deakins webinar, “What’s Ahead in 2015 for Retailers in Labor and Employment Law,” featured leaders in the retail industry and labor and employment attorneys—Randel K. Johnson, senior vice president of the...more

Labor & Employment Law Alert: New NLRB Rulings and What They Mean for Your Business

This will bring you up to date on the new NLRB rule on union elections and the NLRB’s new email decision – both issued in December – and what they mean for your business....more

The NLRB Issues Key Rulings Regarding Employee E-Mail Use, Deferrals To Arbitration, And Representation-Case Procedures

The 2014/2015 holiday season marked a period of change for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). First, on December 11, 2014, the NLRB ruled that under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) employees can...more

Labor Issues Staying at the Forefront of Political, Legal Discussions with NLRB, DOL Activity

As we have discussed over the past few weeks, the NLRB was busy as 2014 drew to a close. On December 11, 2014, the Board overruled its Register Guard decision in Purple Communications, establishing a new standard that...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2014 Year in Review - Overview of the Board's Significant Actions

Introduction - If the National Labor Relations Board seemed to be on the ropes in 2013, it certainly came out swinging in 2014. Last year, we reported that the Board faced a number of serious legal battles. Although...more

NLRB Holds That Employees Can Use Company Email for Union and Other Protected Communications

In December, the National Labor Relations Board (“the Board”) held that Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) requires employers to allow employee use of company email, during non-working time, to communicate...more

Ambush Elections and Access to Email - A Bad Combination for Employers

Late last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made a combination of moves that present significant challenges for employers. First, the Board issued its decision in Purple Communications, Inc., allowing employees...more

NLRB Allows Employees to Use Employer Email Systems for Organizing Purposes, and Issues New Speedy Union Election Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has implemented dramatic changes that will greatly limit the ability of employers to respond to union organizing efforts. Last month, the NLRB held in Purple Communications, Inc. and...more

NLRB Wishes Employers a Not-So-Happy New Year – Issues New Election Rules and Overrules Register Guard

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has amended its internal rules to speed up the union election process. The changes were made with one goal in mind: to make it easier for unions to organize your workforce. Starting...more

Purple Communications Update

By now, you have probably heard about Purple Communications, Inc., the NLRB's December 11, 2014 decision concerning company email accounts. The agency ruled that employees with access to company email systems "in the course...more

New Year: Resolve, Review, Revise

The new year is a time for reflection. With that reflection often comes a resolve for change, from small modifications of some old habits to wholesale new beginnings and everything in between. From a business perspective,...more

Employers - Be Prepared to Revise Your Email Policies

It’s official; the longstanding rule of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that employees have no statutory right to use work email for communications with each other regarding unionizing activities has changed. On...more

NLRB Deems Employer Unlawfully Distributes a Workplace Violence Memo After Union Organizing Activity

Your intentions may be pure, but your actions during or after union organizing activity could lead to your company running afoul of the National Labor Relations Act (the Act) according to the National Labor Relations Board...more

NLRB Says Employees Have Right to Use Company Email for Protected Communications

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board reversed established precedent, concluding that employees must be allowed to use the employer’s email system for protected communications made during non-working hours by...more

Did the NLRB Really Just Grant Employees the Presumptive Right to Use Employer-Provided Email Systems? We Break Down the Purple...

In a 3-2 decision divided along party lines, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that employees have a presumptive right to use their employers’ email systems during non-working time to discuss unionization and the...more

Change in Rules Related to Employee Communications and Use of Employer’s E-mail

Since its 2007 Register Guard decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has taken the position that employees have no statutory right to use company email for Section 7 purposes (e.g., email communications...more

Executive Labor Summary - November/December 2014

NEWS & ANALYSIS - NLRB changes longstanding rule for deferral to arbitration awards - The National Labor Relations Board has had a busy December with four major new developments. We have already reported on two of the...more

NLRB Provides Employee Access to Employer Email Systems

On December 11 in a 3-2 ruling, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) held in Purple Communications, Inc., that employees may use their employer’s email systems during non-work time in furtherance of their rights...more

NLRB upends legality of employer email policies

On December 11, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its opinion in Purple Communications, Inc. The NLRB decided employee use of email for statutorily protected communications on nonworking time must...more

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