The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued three far-reaching decisions that change long-standing practices under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). All reflect a disquieting connection between modern communications and old-fashioned labor relations.
THE LAW: The NLRA governs labor-relations, but also protects employee speech pertaining to workplace conditions, even in nonunion workplaces.
WHAT’S NEW: Two decisions change existing precedents and will most likely require employers to change their current policies. In the first case, Purple Communications Inc., the NLRB ruled that employees may use employer-provided email to discuss workplace conditions and for organizing activities during nonworking hours. This reverses a 2007 decision, Register Guard.
The second turnabout decision is a new rule permitting “quickie elections,” which shortens all time frames in the union election process. The NLRB...(register to read more)