The New Year often brings a flurry of activity from the many federal government agencies that address employment issues, and 2008 is no exception. We’ve got good news on employers’ control over workplace e-mail, bad news for employers who discriminate and mixed news for those who want to hire foreign workers.
NLRB: You can ban union talk in employees’ e-mail
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) dealt a big defeat to unions recently by ruling that employers can ban their employees from using company e-mail for union-related business. The 3-2 decision ruled that it’s legal for employers to prohibit union-related e-mail as long as they had a policy barring employees from sending e-mail for “non-job-related solicitations” for any outside organization. (The Guard Publishing Co., 351 NLRB No. 70)
“An employer has a ‘basic property right’ to regulate and restrict employee use of company property,” the NLRB’s majority wrote...(register to read more)