NLRB Holds That Policy Prohibiting Recording Devices in the Workplace Violates Employees' Section 7 Rights

In a recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) struck down an employer’s work rule that prohibited employees from recording workplace meetings and conversations without management approval, finding that such a policy could prevent employees from engaging in protected activity, which is protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In […]

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NLRB General Counsel Issues Guidance on Employee Handbooks

On March 18, 2015, the NLRB General Counsel issued a report concerning recent cases that raise significant legal and policy issues regarding employee handbook rules.  Recently, the NLRB has been focusing on non-union employer’s handbooks and whether they violate Section 7 of the NLRA, which permits employees to discuss wages, hours, and other terms and […]

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2014 Could Still Deliver Important Decisions from the NLRB

Although we previously posted an article outlining that the mid-term elections could improve the landscape for employers regarding administrative agency enforcement, including the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), employers may still see a significant pro-union push from the NLRB before the end of 2014. Democratic-appointee Nancy Schiffer’s term on the NLRB ends December 16, 2014. […]

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NLRB Decision Increases Employer Risk in Unfair Labor Practice Litigation

In a move that could significantly increase the risk associated with unfair labor practice litigation for employers, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision on October 24, 2014 that stated it has authority to order expanded remedies for violations of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) that are “egregious and pervasive.” In HTH […]

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NLRB’S General Counsel Determines that McDonald’s is a Joint Employer with its Franchisees

In a decision that could have far-reaching implications for industries that rely on the franchisor/franchisee business model, the NLRB’s General Counsel, Richard Griffin, Jr., determined that 43 unfair labor practices charges against McDonald’s, USA, LLC may move forward under a “joint employer” theory finding that McDonald’s should be held liable along with its independently owned […]

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