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25 Sep 2018 You’ve Got Mail! NLRB Chairman Issues Letter Regarding Employer Email Case

Per an announcement last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is contemplating changing its current stance related to employer policies governing employee use of company email systems. Under current board law, employers generally cannot prohibit employees from using a company’s email system for union organizing purposes or other activities protected by the National Labor Relations Act. In a pending case, the agency is considering whether companies may be permitted to institute blanket bans on…

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13 Sep 2018 Is That A Section 9(a) Or 8(f) Agreement? The NLRB May Soon Be Providing More Clarity.

Most private sector collective bargaining agreements are governed by Section 9(a) of the National Labor Relations Act, and that section generally requires that a majority of the employees in the bargaining unit support having a union represent them. Things are different in the construction industry. In that industry, labor agreements are presumed to be covered by Section 8(f) of the act, which does not require such a showing of majority support.   On September 11,…

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07 Sep 2018 Does Enrolling In E-Verify Violate Labor Law?

Many employers utilize E-Verify in an effort to ensure compliance with pertinent immigration laws. This web-based system run by the Department of Homeland Security enables companies to verify eligibility of their workers to be employed in the U.S. But does an employer’s decision to enroll in E-Verify violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)? According to a new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision, in some circumstances, it may.   On August 27, the board…

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30 Aug 2018 Polite President or Political Deal? Trump Renominates Pro-Union Mark Gaston Pearce To NLRB

This week, President Donald Trump renominated former chairman and member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Mark Gaston Pearce to a third term. Pearce, who served as chairman of the NLRB from 2011 to the change in administrations in January 2017, is a former union lawyer appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2010. Trump, who appointed two pro-management board members within the last year in Marvin Kaplan and Bill Emanuel, may have been…

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14 Aug 2018 NLRB To Renegotiate … Its Own CBA!

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) oversees the vast majority of private sector labor relations in the U.S., including alleged wrongdoing during collective bargaining negotiations between employers and their unions.  Many people, however, are unaware of the fact that many NLRB staffers are themselves members of a union and have their own collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the agency.   According to a new report from Bloomberg BNA, the agency is poised to renegotiate its…

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09 Aug 2018 No Soliciting: Employer Solicitation Ban Ruled Unlawful

Many employers have policies in place that prohibit employees from soliciting other workers for third party causes and/or distributing non-business literature. Care must be taken, however, to ensure that such policies conform to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Generally, under the NLRA, companies may not prohibit employees from soliciting other workers during non-working time, nor may they prohibit the distribution of literature in non-work areas during non-working time. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)…

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08 Aug 2018 Dinged For Doing The Right Thing: NLRB Says Employer Must Produce Names Of Witnesses In Harassment Investigation

The situation is a common one. An employer conducts an investigation into allegations that an employee sexually harassed another employee. The employer interviews a number of witnesses, including the alleged victim and harasser, and a disciplinary decision is made. In some workplaces, the hard work is over once the investigation is complete, but with a union, the hard work is yet to come.   Those are the basic facts of American Medical Response West, a…

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02 Aug 2018 Changes Coming to NLRB’s Stance On Company E-Mail Policies?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made waves several years ago when it issued a ruling that declared employers, generally, cannot prohibit employees from using a company’s email system for union organizing purposes or other activities protected by the National Labor Relations Act. The ruling applied to both union and non-union employers. In December of last year, NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb issued a memo indicating that his office may seek to get various board…

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01 Aug 2018 Moving The Needle: NLRB GC Announces Agency Process Changes

On July 30, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) General Counsel’s Office issued a memo announcing some potentially significant process changes within the agency. One of the changes involves the establishment of committees within the various NLRB Regions that will be responsible for drafting pre-election decisions. For example, if the parties to a union election dispute the scope of the unit at issue, a designated committee will be responsible for researching the issue and drafting…

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23 Jul 2018 Don’t Pull The Tapes: Employer Dinged By NLRB For Surveilling Employee Union Activity On Video Archives

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) puts limits on what employers can do if/when their employees express interest in forming a union in the workplace. Generally, employers cannot threaten employees based on their union activity; interrogate workers about their union activity, sentiments, etc.; make promises to employees to induce them to forgo joining a union; or engage in surveillance (i.e., spying) on workers’ union organizing efforts. To the extent an employer violates the NLRA by…

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