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NLRA Does Not Protect Employee’s Wrongful Access Of Confidential Data

Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), employees have the right to discuss their wages with colleagues.  The NLRA does not give employees who surreptitiously access wage data the right to discuss that information with colleagues, however.  In an advice memorandum released July 16, the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel provides […]

NLRB Restores Independent Contractor Analysis

This past Friday, the National Labor Relations Board, in 3-1 decision, revitalized the importance of “entrepreneurial opportunity” in the analysis of whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor for purposes of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  SuperShuttle DFW, Inc., 367 NLRB No. 75 (Jan. 25, 2019).  The distinction between employee and independent […]

NLRB’s Office of General Counsel Issues More Advice Memoranda

On September 14, 2018, the NLRB’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) issued a handful of advice memos, several of which are summarized here: The misclassification of employees as independent contractors violates the NLRA because misclassification has and will operate as a restraint on, and interference with, the individuals’ exercise of their Section 7 rights.   Telemundo […]

Union Threatens Strike over Marriott’s Green Initiative

News reports on virtually everything over the past week (ok, more like nearly two years) has me shaking my head at the “crazy town” world we find ourselves living in.  I have restrained myself from writing blogs about the various things I regularly find absurd, largely because it would consume more time than I have.  […]

NLRB Proposes Joint-Employer Standard Rule

Today, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) to establish the standard for finding that one entity is a joint employer with another entity.  Under the proposed rule, an employer may be a joint-employer of another employer’s employees “only if [1] it possesses and exercises direct and immediate control […]

NLRB Seeks Input on Non-Work Related Use of Company Email Systems

As some readers may be aware, last year, the National Labor Relations Board (the Board) reversed several Obama-era precedent setting cases bearing standards generally considered favorable to employees.  This included The Boeing Company, 365 NLRB No. 154 (2017) (overruling the Lutheran Heritage standard); PCC Structurals, Inc., 365 NLRB No. 160 (2017) (overruling the Specialty Healthcare […]

NLRB Releases New Guidance on Handbook Rule Posting

The Office of the General Counsel to the NLRB recently released new guidance on the types of employer handbook rules that are permissible in the wake of the Board’s December 2017 ruling in The Boeing Co, 365 NLRB No. 154 (12/17/17).  In that case, the Board set a new standard for evaluating the lawfulness of […]

Want Fries with that NLRA Violation?

The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently enforced a decision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that In-N-Out Burger in Austin, Texas violated labor laws with its “no pins or stickers” rule, when it stopped employees wearing buttons supporting the “Fight for $15” campaign – a movement advocating for a $15 per […]