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Protected Concerted Activity The National Labor Relations Act 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 -

Labor Board Back to Five Member Composition – What Obama-Era Precedent Is Next on the Chopping Block?

On April 11, 2018, former management lawyer John Ring was confirmed via a 50-48 party-line vote to serve on the five-member National Labor Relations Board (“Board”). Ring will replace Chairman Marvin Kaplan, another member of...more

Sneaky Section 7 Traps for the Unwary Employer

With only about 6.5 percent of workers in the private sector being represented by unions, many private sector employers pay little, if any, attention to the requirements of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)....more

Restoring “Balance” To The (Work)Force: The Board Clarifies Its Tests To Determine When “Protected Activity” Becomes Unprotected

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Board affirms an employer’s decision to discharge an employee for engaging in dishonesty and a security breach. In the process, it clarifies the legal standards to be used when assessing whether...more

Considering Offering Severance Pay in Exchange for Certain Post-Employment Obligations? Think Again.

An employer violated employee’s labor rights by offering her a separation agreement that contained unlawful terms ruled a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) administrative law judge (“ALJ”) in Baylor Univ. Med. Ctr.,...more

NLRB Issues Employer-Friendly Decision Regarding Employee Handbooks

by Reminger Co., LPA on

On December 14, 2017, in The Boeing Company, 365 NLRB 154 (2017), the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) established a new standard for reviewing employee handbook provisions that allegedly restrict an employee’s rights...more

Workplace Civility Legal Again

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Rules mandating workplace civility and protection of confidential business information — recently the target of the National Labor Relations Board — are lawful again....more

Handbooks – NLRB Gives Some Control Back to Employers

by FordHarrison on

On December 14, 2017, in a 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) overruled the “reasonably construe” standard it established in Lutheran Heritage Village-Livonia, 343 NLRB 646 (2004), to determine...more

NLRB Flips Rule on Employment Policies

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In a string of significant decisions, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has indicated a willingness to depart from Obama-era policies and move away from regulating nonunion employers. • The NLRB, in The Boeing...more

An Early Holiday Gift to Employers: Newly Constituted NLRB Overturns Two Pro-Employee Decisions

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On December 14, the Republican-majority National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued two employer-friendly decisions that reversed pro-employee rulings. In each 3-2 decision, the two Democratic members of the NLRB — Mark...more

NLRB Reverses Several Obama-Era Decisions; Loosens Grip on Employers

by Hogan Lovells on

In a flurry of decisions late last week, the newly-constituted majority of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) issued a number of decisions that signal a less interventionist approach with respect to the...more

The NLRB Reframes The Standard For Review Of Employer Handbooks

by Cole Schotz on

In a monumental decision last week, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) overruled 13 years of precedent and reframed the test for determining whether “facially neutral” employer handbooks, rules, and...more

New NLRB Majority Calls off the War on Employee Handbooks

by Littler on

On December 14, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board issued an important decision in The Boeing Co., 365 NLRB No. 154 (2017), where the Board’s new three-member majority established a new standard for evaluating the...more

The Board’s Return to Civility and Common Sense Regarding Workplace Rules

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a decision issued late last week, The Boeing Company, 365 NLRB No. 154 (Boeing), the newly constituted “Trump” National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) announced that employers could once again maintain...more

The Way We Were: The NLRB’s Time Machine Resets the Clock on Employer Work Rules and Joint Employer Status

by Dickinson Wright on

With the end of 2017 right around the corner, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) issued a duo of pro-employer decisions that continue to chip away at and erase its jurisprudence during the Obama...more

NLRB Adopts New Test for Evaluating Workplace Policies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On the eve of former Chairman Philip Miscimarra's departure from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Board Thursday created a new test for determining the lawfulness of workplace policies, overturning the test...more

Striking A New Balance – The NLRB Abandons the Lutheran Heritage Test and Devises a New Standard for Assessing the Facial Validity...

In 2004, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued Lutheran Heritage Village-Livonia, 343 NLRB 646 (“Lutheran Heritage”), and held that the mere maintenance of a neutral work rule violated Section 8(a)(1) of the...more

Handbook Wars – Common Sense Returns NLRB Overhauls Standard for Legality of Work Rules

by Proskauer - Labor Relations on

We have noted many times over the years how the NLRB’s zeal to review employer policies, or more correctly, fragments of employer policies, for lawfulness has led to nettlesome issues that rarely, if ever, involve actual...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

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

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

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

Another Federal Appeals Court Rejects Workplace Recording Bans

by Fisher Phillips on

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently became the second federal appeals court this year to hold that an employer’s rule prohibiting recording in the workplace violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In a July 25...more

Labor Law Lessons From Our Favorite Films: Dirty Dancing

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

There are films with clear labor law undertones, such as On The Waterfront and Norma Rae. The National Labor Relations Act and its teachings, however, lurk in other pop culture examples. Thirty years ago, the romantic...more

Hold the Mayo: Jimmy John's Workers' Disparaging Statements Not Protected by the NLRA Says 8th Circuit

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

How far can employees go during a labor dispute to make their case to the public? For years the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has granted employees a surprising amount of leeway, so long as their statements were not...more

“Civil” War At The Workplace: Enforcing Civility Rules In Light Of Federal Roadblocks

by Fisher Phillips on

Almost everyone would agree they prefer to work in a civil and respectful environment. Because of this, many employers have developed policies and training sessions to promote civil and respectful behavior in the workplace....more

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