OSHA Now Permits Union Organizer to Accompany OSHA Compliance Officer during Walk Around Inspection in Non-Union Facility

OSHA has literally opened the door for union organizers to enter an employer’s non-union facility during an OSHA walkaround inspection.  In a February 21, 2013 interpretation letter, Richard E. Fairfax, OSHA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, opined that employees without a collective bargaining agreement may designate a person affiliated with a union or community organization to act […]

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Does Your "At-Will" Employment Statement Violate the National Labor Relations Act?

To maintain its relevancy and expand the scope of its authority, the NLRB continues its attack upon non-union employers’ policies.  This time the NLRB has positioned its cross-hairs upon employers’ “at-will” employment policies or statements.  Most non-union employers include within their employee handbook a statement that employees’ employment is “at-will,” meaning either the employee or […]

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NLRB Asserts that Telling Employees to Maintain Confidentiality During Internal Investigations Violates Section 7 Rights

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken the position, in a recent Advice Memorandum dated January 29, 2013, that an employer’s confidentiality rule may unlawfully interfere with employees’ Section 7 rights.  Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (29 USC § 157) guarantees employees the right to engage in concerted activities for the […]

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