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Did You Know…The Guiding Light on Employer Handbooks — Sort of

Most employers already know they cannot forbid employees from criticizing management, workplace conditions, or discussing salaries in person or on the Internet.  Employers cannot forbid employees from posting comments — both...more

Recent NLRB Decision Focuses on Business Email Use

A recent decision made by the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the board will presume that any employees that have access to their employer’s email system during their work also have a right to use that email to...more

NLRB Restricts Company From Requiring Employee to Keep Performance Improvement Plan Confidential

When faced with performance or disciplinary issues, human resource professionals often turn to use of a performance improvement plan (PIP) as a method to explain to employees problems with their work and expectations for...more

Employer beware: NLRA rulings often conflict with existing employer policies

One of the biggest misconceptions employers have is that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) only applies to unionized employers. As a result, employers may hear of an adverse ruling from the National Labor Relations...more

Workplace Challenges in 2015, Part 2 of 5: Continued Focus on Social Media Policies That the NLRB Will Endorse

During our workplace privacy segment, our presenters, Mintz Levin attorneys Cynthia Larose and Richard Block, and Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Time, Inc., Michelle Goldstein, addressed several issues that...more

NLRB Decision Gives Employees Greater Protection When Using Company Email

In perhaps a surprising reversal of precedent, the National Labor Relations Board, recently held in Purple Communications, Inc. and Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO (“Purple Communications”), that employees should...more

High-Court Showdown Looming? NLRB Defends D.R. Horton Section 7 Decision with Full-Throated Rebuttal in Murphy Oil

In the wake of federal circuit courts rejecting its position on the issue of class action waivers, the National Labor Relations Board is digging in its heels, perhaps preparing itself for a Supreme Court battle. Employers...more

NLRB Says "Liking" Another Employee's Facebook Comment is Protected Activity

The National Labor Relations Board continues its line of decisions declaring employee social media use as protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the NLRA. Last month in Triple Play Sports Bar & Grille, the Board...more

NLRB's Recent Triple Play Decision Tackles Two Critical Social Media Issues for Employers

With the intersection between cutting-edge social media and the Depression-era National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or the Act) still relatively new, employers are looking for answers to some fundamental questions when it comes...more

Supreme Court Sends Hundreds of NLRB Cases Back to the Drawing Board

Hundreds of decisions issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) must be re-decided after the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that President Obama did not have the authority to appoint three members of the board...more

NLRB atypically 'gets it right' in latest ruling on social media

One of the topics from our recent “Eye on Workplace Privacy” seminar was the focus on how the NLRB has been dealing with employer handbook and social media policies. In that segment, we highlighted how the NLRB at times has...more

The Truth About As*holes

Here’s the truth: we are a litigious society. For a lot of reasons beyond the scope of this blog, a smarter workforce with ever-increasing access to information and resources continues to file employment lawsuits in record...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 Strikes Down Work Rule Prohibiting Off-Duty Employee Access To Company Property

Executive Summary: On May 1, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an order finding that Piedmont Gardens, a retirement community, violated § 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it...more

Can An Employer Ban Negativity In The Workplace? Not According To The NLRB

Over the last few years we have written about the increasing relevance of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) for non-union employers. Earlier this month, the NLRB issued two more opinions that are directly...more

Are Provisions in Your Social Media Policy Overbroad? The NLRB Might Think So

Employers see social media as a new and different form of communication by their employees, requiring careful consideration and special policies. But according to a recent decision from a National Labor Relations Board...more

NLRB Gets #SocialMedia: Board and ALJ Rulings Recap

‘April rulings bring May muddling’ might be a better way to tweet recent social media decisions at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) given the Board’s ruling in Durham School Services (April 25, 2014) and an...more

Goodbye Precedent, Hello Forced Speech?

The NLRB continues to push for a share of the employment law spotlight. It also continues to act in a way that shows why its “precedent” is truly only “precedent” when the political winds don’t change. ...more

NLRB Evaluating Employer Prohibitions Against Use of Email for Nonbusiness Purposes

On May 1, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (the "Board") issued an announcement inviting interested parties to submit briefs on the question of whether employees who are permitted to use their employer's email systems...more

NLRB Considers Radical Changes to Decades-Long Precedent on Deferral to Arbitration

In yet another attempt to expand protection for employees under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is considering a new standard for deferral to labor arbitration that, if...more

Courteous, professional workplace policy outlawed

In recent months, some of the National Labor Relations Board’s intentions have become obvious. First, the NLRB plans on devoting considerable attention and resources towards non-union employees and employers. Next, the NLRB...more

She tweeted what?!

Employers may have become familiar with some of the legal and human resources issues involving social media use by employees. However, one social media platform offers an illustration of the many evolving legal, human...more

NLRB 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Initiatives

Key labor law developments of 2013 are reviewed here for employers to consider as they look ahead to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) developments in 2014. Employers should prepare to respond to the NLRB's continued...more

Federal ALJ Says Ban on Voice Recording Does Not Violate NLRA

Many employers prohibit employees from recording conversations during working time. Employers believe that such recording inhibits or intimidates employees and managers from having frank and open discussions relating to work....more

General Counsel Urges the National Labor Relations Board to Overturn Current Precedent and Permit Employees to Use Company-Owned...

Last week, an administrative law judge (ALJ) from Region 21 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) issued a decision addressing two employment policies that the general counsel for the NLRB argued...more

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