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Spoiler Alert: The NLRB Is Poised to Dramatically Rework Its Joint Employer Standard

When I was a kid, it was a thrill (and, yes, it still is today) to watch all the movie trailers before the main feature. Unfortunately, some of those trailers actually spoiled the movie they were previewing (thinking of you, Kingsman: The Golden Circle). Well, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) has … Continue Reading

Through the Looking Glass, Part 2: What Does ‘Protected Concerted Activity’ Look Like?

As explained in a prior post, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) gives employees the right to engage in “protected concerted activity” when such activity is intended to improve their wages, benefits and working conditions. We also discussed NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo’s intention to expand what falls within the definition of “working conditions” in … Continue Reading

Hands Off My Tech: Employers May Not Restrict Employee Communications Transmitted via Third-Party Smartphone Applications

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Division of Advice (Advice), which provides guidance to the NRLB’s regional offices regarding difficult and novel issues, recently released an internal memo concerning employee online communications that should be cause for concern among employers. Specifically, Advice found that an employee engaged in protected activity by discussing COVID-19 safety concerns … Continue Reading

Through The Looking Glass: The NLRB Seeks To Expand The Concept Of ‘Protected Concerted Activity’ Beyond Its Imaginable Limits

Since the passage of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in 1936, employees have possessed a right to engage in “protected concerted activity,” meaning they have the right to discuss workplace concerns and take action for mutual aid or protection. Indeed, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB or the Board) website explicitly informs employees that … Continue Reading

‘Please Speak into My Lapel’: D.C. Circuit Finds That NLRB Properly Considered Secret Recording That Arguably Violated State Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently held that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) properly considered a secret recording of an employer meeting with employees in finding that the employer committed multiple unfair labor practices. The employer meeting followed a strike during which the striking employees loudly … Continue Reading

A Hard Rain About to Fall? House Committee Details Proposed Changes to Federal Labor Law

If you hear a clinking noise in the distance, that may be the sound of organized labor hoisting its mugs to toast the Democratic majority in Congress. The House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and Labor announced a number of proposed changes last week to the National Labor Relations Act, which House and Senate Democrats … Continue Reading

Dancing to a Different Tune: DC Circuit Gives Labor a Win by Striking Down Trump-Era Property Access Standard

(NLRB) Trump-era test for determining when a property owner may exclude a contractor’s off-duty employees from its premises. Local 23, Am. Fed’n of Musicians v. N.L.R.B., No. 20-1010, 2021 WL 3869824 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 31, 2021). On Aug. 31, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s … Continue Reading

Not So Fast … the NLRB’s New General Motors Standard Isn’t a Rubber Stamp for Discipline in Cases Involving Offensive Speech

On Aug. 25, 2021, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision applying its new standard for cases where an employee is disciplined for using offensive speech in the course of engaging in protected labor activity. The board initially announced the new standard in its General Motors decision issued in July 2020. In summary, … Continue Reading

Caution Signs Ahead: New NLRB General Counsel Memo Offers a Surprising (and Alarming) Road Map of Plans and Priorities

New National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo appears ready and willing to help deliver on President Joe Biden’s promise to be “the most pro-union president [we’ve] ever seen.” Abruzzo issued a recent memorandum listing various types of cases on which the NLRB’s regional directors will be required to seek guidance during her … Continue Reading

A Brave, New World? Recent NLRB Rulings Concerning Mail Ballot Elections May Be The Beginning Of A New Era In Board Elections

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, unions and employers alike have had to adjust to a “new normal” of mail ballot NLRB elections. Under normal circumstances, the NLRB’s preferred and standard method for conducting elections is in person, usually at the employer’s facility and – depending on the size of the … Continue Reading
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