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Know the NLRA: Unionized or not, labor law applies to you

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by Mark S. Mathison and Abigail S. Crouse, Esqs.

The federal labor law can be a trap for the unwary—even for nonunion employers. Even if your employees don’t belong to a union, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) applies to you.

For example, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently announced that a nonunionized employer will pay $900,000 to two fired employees to settle charges that it violated the NLRA.

Petition, then retaliation

The charges, in which no union was involved, grew out of a petition that employees of the Texas Dental Association signed using aliases.

It asked the association’s 7,000 members to launch an outside investigation of management and working conditions.

Association executives did launch an investigation—to find out who had been involved in preparing and distributing the petition.

One employee who helped write the petition was fired after a fragment of it was found on his computer. A supe...(register to read more)

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