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Employers Take Note: Covid-19-Related Actions that Will Get the Attention of the NLRB

Posted in Employee Discipline, Negotiations, NLRB
This blog previously discussed the NLRB’s dismissal of virus-related charges.  The NLRB General Counsel, however, recently released a new memorandum summarizing cases related to Covid-19 where the NLRB found the virus-related issues had merit and pursued litigation. Because the cases are still in active litigation, the memo merely summarizes the facts of the cases.  It… Continue Reading

A Series of Dismissals Occur in Virus-Related NLRB Charges Against Employers

Posted in Employee Discipline, Negotiations, NLRB
In a positive series of events for employers, the General Counsel’s Division of Advice called for the dismissal of five different coronavirus-related charges against employers.  The GC’s office sent memos to regional NLRB offices directing them to dismiss specific cases, all of which were labor disputes sparked by the pandemic.  All charges were either dismissed… Continue Reading

NLRB Affirms that Employers May Prohibit Employees from Discussing Ongoing Investigations

Posted in Employee Discipline
Hard to believe these days, but non-Covid-19-related developments do still pop up from time-to-time.  Last week, the NLRB gave us one on an issue the employer community has closely watched:  whether an employer can instruct employees to keep an open internal investigation confidential. The NLRB answered with a clear “yes” in Securitas Security Services USA.… Continue Reading

Employer Access Policy Lawful, But Unlawfully Applied

Posted in Employee Discipline, NLRB
A recent NLRB decision hit on two issues of potential interest to labor professionals. The first, covered in today’s post, involved an employer policy on off-duty employee access to the employer’s property. It is another good example of the NLRB’s relentless scrutiny of employer policies, although this time with a slightly more favorable outcome for… Continue Reading

Court Disagrees with NLRB Ruling on Dress of Customer-Facing Employees

Posted in Employee Discipline, NLRB, Union Insignia
More than four years ago, the NLRB gave priority to an employee’s right to wear clothing with messages critical of their employer over an employer’s interest in its reputation with customers.  In a case involving AT&T employees, the NLRB ruled that an employer violated the law when it prevented its service technicians, when visiting customer… Continue Reading

Termination for Dishonesty During Internal Investigation Lawful, Says NLRB

Posted in Employee Discipline, NLRB
In a positive development for employers, the NLRB held last week that the termination of an employee for lying during an internal investigation into complaints of harassing/discriminatory conduct was lawful.  Significantly, the decision occurred in a case that had been vacated as a result of Noel Canning. First, a quick review of the facts.  The… Continue Reading

Policies on Employee Appearance and Social Media Use Declared Unlawful

Posted in Employee Discipline, NLRB
Recently, the NLRB, in a three-member panel of Chairman Pearce (D) and Members Hirozawa (D) and Johnson (R), ruled on more employee handbook provisions covering an expanse of topics including social media, employee conduct, and dress and grooming. In Boch Imports, Inc., the NLRB determined that the employer, a car dealer, violated the NLRA by… Continue Reading

Just When You Thought it Couldn’t Get Worse, it Does: NLRB Protects Facebook Attack on Supervisor

Posted in Employee Discipline, NLRB, Union Organizing
Consider this employee’s Facebook post: Bob is such a NASTY MOTHERF___ER don’t know how to talk to people!!!!!!  F__k his mother and his entire f__king family!!!!  What a LOSER!!!!  Vote YES for the UNION!!!!!!! In this case, “Bob” was the employee’s supervisor.  The employee (a banquet server) published the post at least 5-10 minutes after… Continue Reading

NLRB General Counsel Releases New Guidance on Employee Handbooks

Posted in Employee Discipline, NLRB
Last week, NLRB General Counsel (GC) Richard F. Griffin, Jr. released a new report addressing problematic employee handbook provisions which could be “reasonably construed” as having a chilling effect on employees’ Section 7 activity.  Similar to the three reports previously issued by predecessor Lafe Solomon on social media cases, Griffin offers the report as guidance on… Continue Reading