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D.C. Circuit holds recess appointments to NLRB invalid.

On January 25, 2013, a three-member panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in finding that the recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) by President Obama on January 4, 2012 were unconstitutional. Noel Canning v. NLRB, No. 12-1115, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals (January 25, 2013). … Continue Reading

Termination for Facebook posting does not violate state invasion of privacy law.

Recent court decisions related to employees’ online postings have centered on whether disciplinary decisions regarding those postings may violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA protects certain employee “concerted activities” aimed at discussing or improving working conditions, and precludes interference with such communications, including online messages. However, individuals also have brought other legal … Continue Reading

NLRB provides further direction on social media policies in recent advice memorandum.

Last month, employers received a little more help from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in formulating social media policies that pass muster under scrutiny from the Board. On October 19, 2012, the Associate General Counsel (AGC) for the NLRB’s Division of Advice provided a useful and well organized opinion in response to a request from … Continue Reading

NLRB is finding ways to implement its Employee Rights Notice posting, in spite of legal challenges.

On September 28, 2012, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed the decision of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who upheld a car dealership’s firing of a salesperson that was based on a Facebook posting. But it also found a way to include its Notice of Employee Rights poster in the … Continue Reading

Definition of “concerted activity” continues to be construed broadly by the NLRB.

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a number of decisions restricting the ways in which employers can limit employee electronic communications, even when those communications may damage the company or another employee’s reputation.  For many employers, those decisions have caused serious consternation, as companies now focus on what can and cannot be … Continue Reading

Employers must be able to recognize a Weingarten request in order to avoid liability under the NLRA.

Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) makes it illegal for an employer to interfere with or restrain employees from exercising the rights accorded to them under that Act. In NLRB v. J. Weingarten, 420 U.S. 251 (1975), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the NLRA “guarantees an employee’s right to the presence … Continue Reading

Violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) leads to serious penalties.

Discipline imposed pursuant to a company policy that restricts employees from any discussions of their wage rates may implicate Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Section 7 protects the right of employees to engage in “concerted activities” with each other for the purpose of collective bargaining or in efforts to improve working … Continue Reading

NLRB turns its attention to the elements of an acceptable Social Media Policy.

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects the right of employees to engage in “concerted activities” with each other for the purpose of collective bargaining or in efforts to improve working conditions and terms of employment. These concerted activities can be done in person, or by other methods of communication, including electronic … Continue Reading

To post, or not to post . . . ? A recent decision may again delay the effective date for the required Notification of Employee Rights.

Unless reversed or stayed before the end of the month, an April 13, 2012 ruling by a federal district court in South Carolina will block the implementation of a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule that would require most U.S private-sector employers — including most of the 6 million small business in the U.S. — … Continue Reading

NLRB’s power to impose penalties for employer’s failure to post “Employee Rights Notice” is clarified by the D.C. Circuit.

On March 2, 2012, a federal trial judge in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a highly-anticipated ruling on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial notice posting rule. National Association of Manufacturers v. NLRB, No. 11-1629 (ABJ), U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (March 2, 2012). As most employers now are … Continue Reading

Further update on the NLRB’s “Employee Rights Notice” – another extension of the posting deadline.

As most employers now are aware, on August 25, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced its final rule related to the Notification of Employee Rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Under that rule, private-sector employers whose workplaces fall under NLRA jurisdiction will be required to post a notice of employee rights … Continue Reading

Hold onto that “Employee Rights Notice” – the NLRB has postponed the posting deadline.

On August 25, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced its final rule related to the Notification of Employee Rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Under the rule, private-sector employers whose workplaces fall under NLRA jurisdiction will be required to post a notice of employee rights under that Act. The final rule … Continue Reading

NLRB rule requires employers to post notice regarding employee rights to unionize.

On August 25, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a press release in which it announced its final rule related to the Notification of Employee Rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  Private-sector employers (including labor organizations) whose workplaces fall under the jurisdiction of the NLRA will be required to post a … Continue Reading

The NLRB takes its Internet battle to a non-unionized workplace.

On May 9, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint alleging that Hispanics United, a Buffalo non-profit that provides social services to low-income clients, violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it fired five employees after they used Facebook to criticize working conditions. This complaint comes on the heels of two … Continue Reading

Employee’s post-termination blog postings do not preclude reinstatement.

Last month, employers’ attention was focused on the settlement of a matter in which the NLRB originally had announced plans to prosecute a complaint brought by its Connecticut regional office regarding the termination of a union member/employee who had posted negative remarks about her supervisor and her employer on her personal Facebook page. The employee … Continue Reading

NLRB complaint based upon Facebook posts as “concerted activity” is settled prior to hearing.

In November 2010, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced its plans to prosecute a complaint issued by a Connecticut regional office regarding the termination of a union member/employee who posted negative remarks about her supervisor on her personal Facebook page. The complaint alleged that the employer, an ambulance service, maintained and enforced overly broad … Continue Reading

Supervisor has a viable claim under the NLRA when terminated or disciplined for refusing to commit unfair labor practices.

Although supervisors generally are not covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which protects “employees” from unfair labor practices, that Act is deemed to have been violated if a supervisor’s discharge results from his refusal to commit an unfair labor practice. Recently, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a … Continue Reading

Under proposed NLRB rule, all employers must post a notice of employees’ right to unionize and to strike.

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) is one of the few federal employment/labor laws which does not include a specific provision requiring employers to post a notice related to employee rights under that law. That may be about to change. On December 21, 2010, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a Notice of Proposed … Continue Reading

Firing of non-union healthcare workers for joining union picketing violated NLRA, even though union’s picketing was illegal.

The National Labor Relations Board has issued an order accepting as “the law of the case” a 2009 decision by the 2d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in which, drawing a distinction between picketing and striking, that Court held that a New York health clinic unlawfully fired five employees for joining a picket line, even … Continue Reading

Facebook posts might be viewed by NLRB as “concerted activity”

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) restricts employers’ attempts to interfere with employees’ efforts to work together to improve the terms and conditions of their workplace and employment. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regularly has held that an employer’s actions violate Section 7 if those actions would “reasonably tend to chill … Continue Reading

Employer cannot withdraw recognition of union during protected certification year

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals has held a Washington state medical center in violation of federal labor law for withdrawing recognition of a union during a protected certification period. Virginia Mason Medical Center v. NLRB, 9th Circ., No. 07-73851, Feb. 25, 2009. Once a labor union is certified as the exclusive bargaining representative … Continue Reading
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