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Caution Signs Ahead: New NLRB General Counsel Memo Offers a Surprising (and Alarming) Road Map of Plans and Priorities

New National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo appears ready and willing to help deliver on President Joe Biden’s promise to be “the most pro-union president [we’ve] ever seen.” Abruzzo issued a recent memorandum listing various types of cases on which the NLRB’s regional directors will be required to seek guidance during her … Continue Reading

A Brave, New World? Recent NLRB Rulings Concerning Mail Ballot Elections May Be The Beginning Of A New Era In Board Elections

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, unions and employers alike have had to adjust to a “new normal” of mail ballot NLRB elections. Under normal circumstances, the NLRB’s preferred and standard method for conducting elections is in person, usually at the employer’s facility and – depending on the size of the … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Says NLRB Must Explain Its Decision-Making

Court Remands NLRB Decision for Failing to Distinguish Contrary Precedent A shift in the political party at the White House generally means a corresponding shift in philosophy for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Naturally then, the question many employers are asking is not “Will the NLRB swing to a pro-labor position?” but “How far … Continue Reading

NLRB: Being Abusive Is Not Protected Union Activity

Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), a union member cannot be disciplined for forming or joining unions, bargaining collectively, or engaging in other activities for the purpose of collective bargaining, such as striking. But this protection does not immunize a union member from discipline for any type of inappropriate conduct while engaging in protected … Continue Reading

A Shift Toward Employers?

As most employers are now aware, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB, or the “Board”) in recent years has adopted more restrictive, non-employer-friendly approaches to what it will permit in workplace policies. These rules have been applied to union employers and just as vigorously to unorganized employers. Management labor lawyers have been placing their clients … Continue Reading

Joint Employment Update: What’s The Status of Browning-Ferris and the NLRB?

In August 2015, the NLRB rewrote the book on joint employment, declaring in the Browning-Ferris case that the right to exercise minimal control, even if not actually exercised, was enough to create a joint employment relationship.  (Read more here.) Previously, joint employment under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) required the actual exercise of a meaningful … Continue Reading

NLRB Makes Up More New Rules on Joint Employment

Remember that kid in elementary school who, whenever you were winning at some made-up playground game, would change the rules in the middle? “Kids can be so unfair,” your parent might have said, trying to console you. “But when you get older, there are laws and rules, and they’re written down. Everyone knows what the rules … Continue Reading

NLRB “Quickie Election Rule” Upheld by Fifth Circuit

On June 11, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s (the “NLRB’s” or the “Board’s”) regulations enacted last year, radically altering the traditional rules governing union elections. As we have discussed previously, the new regulations, which took effect on April 14, 2015, and are referred … Continue Reading

Tinley Park Hotel and Convention Center: The NLRB Gets Out Its Selfie Stick

Over the past few years, many employers have found out—the hard way—that the National Labor Relations Board is serious in policing employee handbooks for provisions that the Board believes are “overly broad” under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, which protects employees’ right to engage in protected concerted activity—that is, the right of … Continue Reading

Weigand v. N.L.R.B: A Double Standard for Social Media?

On April 17, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) decision finding a local branch of the Amalgamated Transit Union (“Union”) could not be held responsible for allegedly threatening entries posted on its private Facebook page by its members during a … Continue Reading

Think Your Handbook Is Legally Compliant? NLRB Says, “Think Again”

In the most recent memorandum issued by the General Counsel (“GC”) of the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) regarding workplace policies, memorandum GC 15-04, the Board offers employers new guidance on how to craft employee handbook rules that do not run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act (“Act”). The two-part memorandum first analyzes employer … Continue Reading

How NLRB’s New ‘Quickie Election’ Rule Strengthens Unions’ Positions

On December 12, 2014, by a 3-2 party-line decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) issued a final rule, which if implemented will drastically truncate union election procedures. Such changes are intended to shorten the election period from the current median time of 38 days from petition to election to between 14 … Continue Reading

National Labor Relations Board Permits Employees to Use Workplace Email Systems for Union Activity

In a landmark 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) reversed its own precedent and found that employees now have a presumptive right to use their employer’s email system to engage in communications relating to concerted activity protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act—including union organizing—during nonworking time. Purple … Continue Reading

‘Going Postal’ Over Data Breach Response: Union Files Failure-to-Bargain Charge With NLRB Against USPS

As recent high-profile cyberattacks have demonstrated, employers have a duty to protect their employees’ electronically stored personal information from being accessed by hackers, and to promptly remedy any breach in security concerning such information.  Depending upon the outcome of a recently filed charge before the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”), unionized employers … Continue Reading

#Insubordination: NLRB Affirms Refusal To Re-Hire Employees Based Upon Facebook Exchange

In prior articles, we have discussed various decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) protecting employee social media activity as concerted activity under Section 7 the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”).  Although those decisions appear to suggest that employees generally have no limits as to what they can say on … Continue Reading

ALERT! Raising the Stakes: NLRB Expands Remedies for Labor Law Violations

On October 24, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB, or Board) asserted that it had broad authority to order expanded remedial measures in response to acts the Board deemed to constitute “egregious and pervasive” violations of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA, or Act). These unprecedented remedies demonstrate that the NLRB intends not only … Continue Reading

NLRB Adopts New Test for Independent Contractor Misclassification, Applies it to Find FedEx Drivers are Employees Who Can Unionize

The NLRB has tossed a new vegetable into the enormous salad of independent contractor misclassification tests. As companies might expect, the new vegetable smells rotten. Companies who wish to analyze whether their non-employee workers are properly classified as independent contractors must now contend with a new NLRB test, in addition to the IRS Right to … Continue Reading

Update: NLRB’s Facebook “Like” Case Headed to Court

As we recently reported, the National Labor Relations Board found that Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille (“Triple Play”) had unlawfully discharged an employee because he had “liked” a former co-worker’s negative comment about the employer posted on Facebook.  In response to the Board’s decision, Triple Play has filed a petition for review of the … Continue Reading

When Acting to Prevent Data Breaches and Comply with Privacy Laws, Remember Overarching Employee Rights

The grocery business may be “fresh and easy,” but drafting a confidentiality and data protection policy that withstands the scrutiny of the current National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is not.  The NLRB, in its recent 2-1 Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market and United Food and Commercial Workers International Union decision, 361 NLRB No. 8 (July … Continue Reading

NLRB to McDonald’s: Not Lovin’ It

In a breathtaking announcement issued on July 29, 2014, the Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has authorized the issuance of complaints against McDonald’s USC, LLC in at least 43 unfair labor practice charge proceedings where the legal employer is not McDonald’s but a McDonald’s franchisee. The pending unfair labor … Continue Reading

United States Supreme Court Strikes Down President Obama’s Recess Appointments to the National Labor Relations Board—Hundreds of NLRB Decisions Invalidated

In its much anticipated decision in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, 573 U.S. __ (2014), the Supreme Court of the United States has unanimously struck down President Obama’s recess appointments of Sharon Block, Richard Griffin, and Terence Flynn to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) as unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Board was … Continue Reading

Can Employees Really Arm Themselves with Recording Devices as They Go About Their Daily Work?

The Progression of Cases Involving Handbook Rules Continues Unabated— Over the last months, we have traced the Board’s and Administrative Law Judges’ rulings on the legality of handbook rules and conduct in the workplace. We have learned that an employer will often have a better opportunity of winning in a casino than under the National … Continue Reading
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