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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

NLRB Concludes Pending Workplace Investigations May Be Kept Confidential

Posted in Employee Handbooks, NLRB
As many employers know, confidentiality can be essential to performing workplace investigations.  Last month, in Apogee Retail, LLC, a 3-1 decision, the NLRB agreed.  Applying the test for facially neutral rules established in The Boeing Company, 365 N.L.R.B. No. 154 (2017) (discussed here), the NLRB held that workplace rules that require employees to keep pending… Continue Reading

Improper Policy Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Improper Discharge

Posted in NLRB
By Nelson Cary and Ashley Manfull Recent scrutiny of employee handbook policies by the NLRB (highlighted in prior posts on this blog) have left labor professionals grappling with what employee misconduct may be grounds for disciplinary action without running afoul of the NLRA.  Labor professionals are appropriately concerned that discharges may be overturned if employment policies… Continue Reading

Guidance on Legality of Employer Policies Regarding Confidentiality During Investigation of Workplace Misconduct

Posted in NLRB
By Nelson Cary and Natalie McLaughlin Last year, the NLRB issued a controversial decision in Banner Health System, 358 N.L.R.B. No. 93 (2012), finding that an employer violated the NLRA by prohibiting employees from discussing ongoing investigations of employee misconduct. The NLRB found that “[t]o justify a prohibition on an employee discussion of on-going investigations,… Continue Reading

NLRB Exposes Union Employees Who Submit Statements About Their Co-workers’ Conduct to Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation

Posted in NLRB
When employers investigate workplace misconduct, they often interview employees. Indeed, some investigations begin because of information provided by an employee. To help document its investigation, the employer will sometimes ask employees to provide written statements about the misconduct of other employees, and the employer might promise confidentiality of those statements. It is unfortunate, but also true, that employees… Continue Reading