D.C. Circuit Opens Door to Biden Board to Expand Property Access for Off-Duty Contractor Employees

A National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board’) decision that was once thought to be a significant win for employer property rights may ultimately result in increased property access for off-duty contractor employees, following a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In September 2019, the National Labor Relations Board […]

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The Eleventh Circuit Provides Guidance to Successor Employers on Workforce Transitions Under the NLRA

In determining that the National Labor Relations Board’s decision finding that the Employer violated the National Labor Relations Act was not supported by substantial evidence, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit provided some guidance to employers on workforce transitions from another employer. The case of Ridgewood Health Care Center, Inc. v. NLRB […]

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New NLRB General Counsel Signals Major Changes Ahead

On August 12, 2021, the recently confirmed General Counsel (GC) of the National Labor Relations Board, Jennifer Abruzzo, issued her first official memo. Per an NLRB press release, GC Memo 21-04 “lays out a clear agenda…on some priorities of the Office of the General Counsel.” The memo directs NLRB field offices to submit cases addressing […]

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Employers May Not Disparately Enforce E-mail Policies to Prohibit Union Activity

In a case applicable to unionized and non-unionized employers alike, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that an employer unlawfully discriminated against an employee under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by reprimanding her for sending facility-wide e-mails seeking employee support for a union, supposedly in violation of the company’s e-mail […]

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NLRB Says Solicitation of Mail Ballots is Objectionable Conduct, Could Negate Election Results

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) held that solicitation of mail ballots is objectionable conduct during a NLRB-conducted election. The Board further held that an election would be set aside if the evidence establishes that a party’s ballot solicitation affected a determinative number of voters – i.e., a number of voters greater […]

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Supervisor’s Statement Blaming Union for Leave Snafu Not Unlawful, says D.C. Circuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or “the Board”) order finding a supervisor’s statement blaming the employees’ union for a leave discrepancy violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Facts: In Trinity Services Group, Inc. v. NLRB, an employee and a supervisor disagreed […]

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NLRB Finds No-Recording Policy Remains Lawful Even Where Unlawfully Applied to Restrict Protected Activity

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) held that a lawful rule or policy applied to restrict employee rights provided by the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) did not automatically render the rule unlawful to maintain. No-Recording Policy: In AT&T Mobility, LLC, the company maintained a no-recording policy prohibiting employees from recording conversations […]

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NLRB Looks to Circumstances to Determine Duration of Confidentiality Requirement in Investigation

In Alcoa Corp., the National Labor Relations Board addressed an important issue to both non-union and unionized employers alike concerning workplace investigations. Most importantly, the Board reaffirmed that an employer does not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it instructs employees to keep investigative interviews confidential for the duration of the workplace investigation. […]

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