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The Devil Is In the Details: New Board Members Likely To Change Law In Nuanced Ways

The end of September in most years sees a spate of new NLRB decisions, sometimes dozens, issued on or about September 30, to coincide with the end of the agency’s fiscal year.  Not so this past September 30 because of the recent changeover from a majority of Democrat Board Members to a majority of Republican … Continue Reading

Circuit Court Rejects Attack On NLRB’s New Witness Rule

During the last several years, the NLRB has overturned a great deal of existing precedent.  Among other changes, the Board has required bargaining over discipline in newly organized units, found graduate students to be employees entitled to organize, and found that two employers may have to bargain together.  The Board also changed the longstanding rule … Continue Reading

General Counsel’s Division of Advice Issues Helpful Guidance on Confidentiality Rules in Workplace Investigations

As we reported here, in Banner Health System d/b/a Banner Estrella Medical Center, 358 NLRB No. 93 (July 30, 2012), the NLRB reviewed an employer’s blanket policy of requiring witnesses to maintain confidentiality during workplace investigations.  The Board found that such a policy chilled the right of employees to engage in the protected concerted activity … Continue Reading

Update: NLRB Seeks U.S. Supreme Court Review Of Recess Appointments

The NLRB announced today that the agency would seek U.S. Supreme Court review of the D.C. Circuit decision in Noel Canning, which ruled that the President’s recess appointments made last year (and perhaps in the years prior) were unconstitutional.  The decision of the appeals court has cast a great deal of uncertainty over past and current … Continue Reading

NLRB Overrules Another Longstanding Precedent: Witness Statements No Longer Exempt From Disclosure

The precedents are falling fast.  Last week the NLRB overruled the five decade old Bethlehem Steel decision, and now another longstanding precedent has fallen.  The NLRB issued a decision overruling Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 237 NLRB 982 (1978), the case that held that witness statements obtained during an employer investigation of workplace misconduct are exempt from disclosure … 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 Hints At Broader Agenda In Witness Statement Case

Employers faced with evidence of employee misconduct often conduct investigations.  In many cases, there is no direct evidence.  Oftetimes, there exists conflicting versions of events, and so witness statements are obtained.  The employer then can consider all the aspects of what happened, taking into consideration who saw what, and the candor of employees.  For over 32 years, such … Continue Reading
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