NLRB Rules Company Emails Open to Employee ‘Protected’ Use

While conceding that companies are not required to provide email systems for their employees, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that, once an email system is in place, employees must be allowed to use it for “protected, concerted” activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Concretely, that means employees can discuss wages […]

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NLRB Issues Final Rule on ‘Quickie’ Union Organizing Elections

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has adopted a final rule amending its representation–case procedures to “modernize and streamline the process for resolving representation disputes.” The rule will be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 15, and will take effect on April 14, 2015. The final rule was approved by Board Chairman Mark Gaston […]

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Federal Agencies Release Fall Regulatory Plans

Just as Congress was leaving town for the Thanksgiving holiday, various federal agencies released their mandated Fall 2014 Regulatory Plans and Unified Agendas on Friday, Nov. 21 — beating winter by a month. The reports are issued twice a year. The most ambitious agency, the Department of Labor (DOL), plans to issue 23 final rules […]

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NLRB, Philippines Sign MOU to Help Filipino Workers in the U.S.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to strengthen their collaborative efforts to provide Filipino workers, their employers, and Filipino business owners in the United States with information, guidance, and access to education regarding their rights […]

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NLRB and Ecuadorian Ministry Sign Collaborative MOU

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to strengthen their collaborative efforts to provide Ecuadorian workers, their employers, and Ecuadorian business owners in the United States with information, guidance, and access to education regarding their rights and […]

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NLRB Rules a Facebook ‘Like’ Is Protected, Concerted Activity

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ruled that a Facebook discussion on an employer's tax withholding calculations and an employee's "like" of the discussion constituted "protected, concerted activity" under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). When employees at Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille in Connecticut discovered that they owed more in state taxes […]

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McDonald’s a Joint Employer with Franchisees, NLRB General Counsel Proclaims

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel has investigated charges alleging that McDonald’s franchisees and their franchisor, McDonald’s, USA, LLC, violated the rights of employees as a result of activities surrounding employee protests. The Office of the General Counsel found merit in some of the charges and no merit in others. […]

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NLRB Deposes a Witness in Spain via Videoconferencing

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for the first time in the agency’s history recently conducted a trial examination of a witness via international videoconferencing.  NLRB Region 20 in San Francisco worked with employees of the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain, to facilitate the transmission of the testimony.  Prior to this week’s testimony, all previous […]

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OSHA Chief Finds Way Around 30-Day Whistleblower Statute of Limitation

While hoping to get Congress to increase the 30-day statute of limitation for claims of whistleblower retaliation at work, OSHA administrator David Michaels has commenced a cooperative program with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for concurrent claim filings. Yesterday, the NLRB's general counsel issued a memorandum announcing the new "claim referral program," whereby OSHA […]

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Northwestern Football Players to Vote on Unionization Tomorrow

Football scholarship athletes at Northwestern University go to the ballot box tomorrow to decide whether to recognize a union to bargain in their behalf. The vote follows a ruling by the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that student athletes are employees of the university. If approved by the 76 potential voters […]

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