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NLRB: You can ban union talk in employees’ e-mail

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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 “nonjob-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. To read the board decision, go to, click on “Board Decisions” and scroll down to opinion 351-070.

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