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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 -

NLRB General Counsel Signals Rollback of Positions Affecting Unionized, Non-Unionized Employers

Once President Trump’s appointees gained a majority of National Labor Relations Board seats this summer, it was only a matter of time before the board began addressing the aggressive pro-employee positions taken by its...more

Better Watch Your Mouth: Trump Board Likely to Narrow Protection of Vulgar and Racially Bigoted Employee Speech

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On Friday, December 1, 2017, newly appointed NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb issued a memo containing a broad overview of his initial agenda as General Counsel. It previews many anticipated developments...more

Social Media in the Workplace: More Changes Ahead?

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

In days past employees discussed and debated workplace issues around the water cooler. That sentimental past-time has long since been replaced by online social media networking and the reach of social media is stunning....more

New Labor Board GC Signals Overturning Obama-Era Rulings, But Anticipated Vacancies and Recusals Create Uncertainty

On November 8, 2017, Peter B. Robb was sworn in as the General Counsel (GC) of the NLRB for a four year term. Robb succeeds Richard Griffin, who has been the GC since November 2013. Robb wasted no time in taking initial steps...more

New NLRB General Counsel Fires Shot Across The Bow

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

NLRB General Counsel Peter B. Robb has made a first and lasting impression with his initial Memorandum describing Mandatory Submissions to Advice. General Counsel Robb announced his intent to review, through the Division of...more

Happy Holidays To Employers From The NLRB: General Counsel Memorandum Signals Major Changes In The Agency

As many employers are all too aware, over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has pursued an aggressive agenda, through case decisions and agency rulemaking, to make it easier for labor unions to...more

Memo From Labor Board’s Top Attorney Signals Change Is On Its Way

by Fisher Phillips on

The newly installed General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board published a memorandum late last week indicating that the General Counsel is preparing to push to reverse many of the controversial positions taken...more

New Labor Board General Counsel Issues Plans For Reversing Course

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a sweeping five-page Memorandum, new National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter B. Robb has directed NLRB Regional Offices to submit to his Division of Advice for review cases involving “significant legal...more

Termination For Social Media Activity May Result In Unemployment Compensation Benefits

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. Our Company just terminated an employee for a social media post that was in violation of our social media policy. Will she be entitled to unemployment compensation benefits? ...more

Reconsidering Limits on Confidentiality Provisions Where Sexual Misconduct is Involved

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

It does not require insightful analysis to conclude that something is broken when it comes to reporting and addressing sexual misconduct in the workplace. One attempt to fix part of the “brokenness” comes from the...more

Three Hot Regulatory Issues For Employers To Watch

The feds are talking about NLRB-EEOC coordination, an end to collection of compensation data, and an inflation-indexed salary test for the overtime exemption. Here's the scoop. NLRB/EEOC coordination. The National Labor...more

The Practical NLRB Advisor: Issue 7 Fall 2017

Ogletree Deakins’ Traditional Labor Relations Practice Group is pleased to announce the publication of the fall 2017 issue of the Practical NLRB Advisor. This issue considers how the confirmation of management-side attorney...more

Surveillance In The Workplace

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. Can employers prevent employees from recording conversations in the workplace. A. Sometimes. As technology continues to advance, so does the likelihood that everything you say and do is being recorded, even in the...more

“Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”: How to get yourself fired for a Facebook post

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Social media has created a minefield of concerns for both employees and employers. The news is full of stories of employees documenting their questionable off-duty conduct on social media, or posting comments containing...more

Can You Be Fired for Flipping off the President? Yes...Well...Maybe Not

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

There is a widespread myth in this country that the First Amendment protects free speech in the workplace. Employees who loudly state controversial opinions often think the First Amendment protects them from being fired as a...more

Flipping Out Over Flipping Off: What Are the Limits on Regulating Employee Political Speech?

Around the end of October, a photo of a government contractor employee flipping the bird to President Trump’s motorcade went viral after the woman made it her profile picture on Facebook. She was subsequently fired for a...more

Way to Get Fired Number 4,527: Posting A Picture of Yourself Flipping Off the President

In a prior blog post, we discussed whether a private employer can terminate an employee for protesting. This week, we have another example of “off-duty employee” conduct that may result in them standing in the unemployment...more

Dallas Cowboys Controversy Highlights Trap for Union and Non-Union Employers

by Barley Snyder on

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones publicly announced recently that he would bench any player who kneels during the national anthem. As a lifelong Cowboys fan, the flap momentarily diverted my attention from the Cowboys’...more

Executive Labor Summary - September/October 2017

NLRB seats fill, and more to come. The U.S. Senate confirmed William Emanuel as a member of the National Labor Relations Board on September 25, creating a Republican majority on the Board. Mr. Emanuel was a management-side...more

To Kneel or not to Kneel; What is the Question?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The recent controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem raises an interesting question concerning the protection of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) vis-à-vis work-place protests over social...more

Regulating Speech at Work

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: Can a private employer limit its employees’ speech and political activity in the workplace? A: Yes, but not speech that is considered part of a “concerted activity.”...more

Striking the Right Balance in Workplace Behavior and Privacy

by Burr & Forman on

Employers often struggle with the balance between effective employee management and oversight and respect for employee privacy in the workplace. Striking the right balance is a difficult task for employers seeking to uphold...more

What is going on at the NLRB and Why Should You Care?

Why the NLRB is in the News - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board), the federal agency responsible for enforcing the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), was very active during the Obama administration in...more

Crucial Labor and Employment Issues on the Line in Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case

Schnader Assesses Landmark Labor Case in U.S. Supreme Court - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Monday, October 2 in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, an important labor and employment case in which Schnader...more

I-15 – Turning the Table: An Interview with the Podcast Host on Protected Employee Activity

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode replays an interview of the podcast host, Mike Schmidt, that was originally aired on SiriusXM Channel 111, The Business Channel. Mike discusses the nature of adverse actions taken by employers due to employee...more

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