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Review your handbook: NLRB changes the rules on workplace rules

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The National Labor Relations Board last year overturned an established standard for determining if workplace rules comply with the National Labor Relations Act.

THE LAW The National Labor Relations Act protects the right of workers to engage in “concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.” Section 7 of the NLRA protects employee rights in both union and nonunion workplaces to discuss working conditions, including pay.

WHAT’S NEW In 2004, the National Labor Relations Board addressed the rules employers could include in employee handbooks. The NLRB’s Lutheran Heritage Village-Livonia decision stated that workplace rules violated the NLRA if they would “reasonably tend to chill employees in the exercise of their Section 7 rights.”

Throughout the Obama administration, the NLRB steadily tightened these restrictions, leading to a 2015 memorandum detailing eight ...(register to read more)

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