NLRB Affirms Acting General Counsel’s Social Media Guidelines

In a decision reached in early September, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that a company's prohibition against employees' making any online statements that “damage the Company … or damage any person’s reputation” is "overly broad" and thus violates employee rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Affirming an administrative […]

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Appellate Panel Hears Arguments on Legality of NLRB Employee Rights Poster Mandate

A panel of judges for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has begun hearing arguments on whether the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has the authority to require the posting of a National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) employee rights poster. Yesterday, business groups met with the judges to present their […]

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Manufacturers Association Sues NLRB over Mandated Employee Rights Poster

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has sued the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to rescind its required employee rights poster, which the association says the board lacks the authority to mandate. The NLRB on August 30 published a final rule mandating that virtually every business in America display an NLRB-worded poster to inform employees […]

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Down to Three Members, NLRB Still Overturns Three Bush-Era Rulings

With Wilma Liebman already departed, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is down to three members with another departure looming at the end of the year. Nevertheless, the board has been busy overturning Bush-era decisions just days after publishing a final rule mandating the display of an NLRA Employee Rights Poster in virtually every workplace. […]

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NLRA to Publish Final Rule on Required Posting on Aug. 30

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has released its final rule for the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) Employee Rights posting requirement. This will be published in the Federal Register on Aug. 30, 2011. This rule requires employers subject to the NLRA to post notices of employee rights under the NLRA. Subpart A of the rule […]

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NLRB Expands Reach, Scope of ‘Protected Concerted Activity’

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) extends workplace safeguards to employees' "protected concerted activity" in discussing wages, hours and working conditions, a protection that was generally thought to be confined to union organizing. Thus if a worker were fired for discussing a union issue with other employees, that could be considered a […]

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NLRB Settlement Seems to Protect Employee Comments Online

The courts have yet to weigh in, but a recent settlement between the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and a Connecticut ambulance company may mean more freedom of speech—or at least retaliatory protection—for employees who post comments about their companies online. The incident has several angles to it, only one of which relates to the […]

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NLRB Mulls Suing Four States Over Secret Ballot Measures

Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and subsequent amendments and revamps such as the Taft-Hartley Law, union organizers collect signatures on cards from workers at a company, which they can then submit to the owner to certify the union or send  to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRF) to certify them for a union […]

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Federal Contractors , Subcontractors Have New Union Rights Notification Obligation

Under Executive Order 13496 issued by President Obama early in his administration, federal contractors and subcontractors are obligated to inform their workforces of their right to join a union. After a lengthy internal government review and public commentary period, the final rule implementing that order has been issued, and as of June 21, 2010, affected […]

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Public Support for Unions Slips to Historic Low

Good news comes from Gallup–and the good ol’ American public itself–for those business owners and managers who fear that a tidal wave of unionization will increase their costs and rigidize (is that a word? how about comatose-ize?) their workforces. Public support for unions has plunged to the lowest depths ever–just 48 percent of Americans approve […]

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