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NLRB: Maliciously False Statements By Employee To Third Party Not Protected

A problem that has vexed employers since the inception of the NLRA is the exact contours of employee free speech under the Act.  We know that employees are given a great deal of latitude to express discontent, even to the point where they can wear t-shirts identifying themselves as prisoners to customer homes.  This issue generally has … Continue Reading

Court Strikes Down Portions Of NLRB Notice Posting Rules

A federal judge in the District of Columbia handed employers a significant partial victory in the ongoing skirmish over the NLRB’s attempts to require all employers under its jurisdiction to post a notice of employee rights.  As we have noted previously, the NLRB postponed the original November 14, 2011 compliance date, only to postpone it … Continue Reading

Finding Certain Facebook Activity To Be Unprotected, NLRB Dismisses Two Charges

The intersection of social media and employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act has received a great deal of attention in recent months, including recently on this blog.  Social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn have made it very easy for people to stay connected.  With a simple push of the button, everyone in … Continue Reading

Rhyme or Reason? Trying to Make Sense of the NLRB’s Social Media Cases

Since the NLRB’s Office of the General Counsel (“OGC”) issued the first “Facebook” complaint in American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc. in October, 2010, dozens of unfair labor practice charges involving social media have been filed, the Acting General Counsel has identified social media cases as a priority, and gallons of electronic ink have been … Continue Reading

The Lull Before The Storm: Blizzard Of NLRB Activity Coming

The mid-point of Summer has passed.  Although the NLRB has not issued a major decision in several weeks, the agency has not been slacking off this Summer.  In a typical year, August and September are the busiest months for the NLRB, because the federal government’s fiscal year ends September 30.  During the final weeks of the … Continue Reading

NLRB to Healthcare Employers Facing a Strike: You Can Ask, But Employees Don’t Have to Tell

In a 2-1 decision issued on June 30, 2011, the NLRB clarified the interplay of the statutory notice requirements of NLRA Section 8(g) with a health care employer’s right to poll individual employees’ intention to report to work during a strike and the employer’s right to enforce neutral work rules requiring patient care employees to … Continue Reading

NLRB Pokes Another Employer For Facebook Related Discharge, Issues Complaint

The NLRB continued its efforts to poke employers who discipline or discharge employees who make disparaging comments on Facebook.  According to a May 24 press release, the NLRB issued yet another Complaint against an Illinois car dealer, Knauz BMW, after it terminated a salesman for content he posted on Facebook.  The press release states the salesman … Continue Reading

NLRB Issues Complaint in NY Facebook Case

In its latest effort to address social media in the workplace, the National Labor Relations Board announced in a May 18 press release that it had filed a complaint against a New York non-profit organization alleging that it unlawfully terminated five employees who complained about working conditions on Facebook. According to the complaint filed by … Continue Reading

NLRB General Counsel Allows Discharge for Inappropriate “Tweeting”

Employee use of social media remains at the forefront of issues at the National Labor Relations Board.  Coming on the heels of the NLRB General Counsel’s decision to issue a complaint against an employer who fired an employee for her postings on Facebook (the first time such on-line activities were considered “protected, concerted activity” by the … Continue Reading

NLRB: Employees Dressed In Prison Garb May Visit Customer Homes

These days, one can start almost any conversation about an NLRB decision with the words, “Under vigorous dissent by Member Hayes. . .”  The NLRB’s recent decision in AT&T Connecticut, 356 NLRB No. 118 (March 24, 2011).pdf is no exception.  In AT&T Connecticut the NLRB ruled that the employer violated the NLRA when it suspended … Continue Reading
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