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Will Employers Get Their Email Systems Back? NLRB Invites Briefs on Purple Communications

Posted in Employee Handbooks, NLRB, Union Organizing
Last Wednesday, the NLRB issued a notice and invitation for parties to file briefs to address how the board should treat its previous decision Purple Communications, Inc., 361 N.L.R.B. 1050 (2014).  As we explained when Purple Communications was decided, the NLRB held that employees who were given access to their employer’s e-mail system for work-related purposes… Continue Reading

New Year, New Direction? Possible Decisions from The Trump NLRB in 2018 and Beyond

Posted in NLRB
Just a few months after the NLRB became majority Republican, there are early signs that the agency may be taking a new direction in 2018.  Peter Robb, the NLRB’s new General Counsel, sent a memorandum to all Regional Directors, Officers-in-Charge, and Resident Officers in early December. In his memorandum, which followed a practice that prior General… Continue Reading

Employers Must Allow Employees to Use Employer Owned and Operated Email Systems for Union Organizing

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
Since 2007, as a result of the NLRB’s Register Guard decision, an employer could lawfully limit the use of its email system by employees for certain non-business related activities, assuming that it applied the rule non-discriminatorily.  On December 10, 2014, in a 3-2 decision, the NLRB reversed the old rule established in Register Guard and… Continue Reading

Employers May Feel Blue About NLRB’s Purple Communications Decision

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
A recent decision from the NLRB is a good reminder that employer statements during union organizing activity have potentially wide-ranging effects.  This latest case involves Purple Communications, a provider of sign language interpreters who facilitate real-time, two-way phone communication between hearing-impaired and hearing individuals.  The union filed objections after suffering narrow election defeats at two… Continue Reading