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Jan 27 2015
Q&ALabor Relations  

Can we require employees to keep quiet about their wages?

Q: We’re worried that morale could be hurt by employees comparing their salary or wages with one another. Can we prohibit our employees from discussing their wages?

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Dec 12 2014
Labor Relations  

Alert: Employees may use company email for protected communications

The National Labor Relations Board decided yesterday that if an employer gives employees access to its email system in the course of their work, those employees are entitled to use their email to band together to discuss their wages, hours, and working conditions during non-working time.

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Photo of Karen Davis
Sep 10 2014
Labor Relations  

Executive Order requires scrutiny of labor law violations

The President recently issued an executive order to require certain federal contractors to disclose labor law violations, provide paycheck notices to employees, and refrain from requiring nonunion employees to sign certain pre-dispute arbitration clauses.

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Photo of Jon Benson
Jun 20 2014
Labor RelationsWage and Hour  

Employee’s outburst protected despite threats and profanity

A car dealership terminated a car salesman who, during an outburst, hurled expletives and insults toward the owner of the dealership, but the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that the salesman was engaging in protected “concerted activity.”

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Apr 24 2014
Labor Relations  

NLRA game changer: College football players get green light to unionize

Many observers were quite surprised by the recent decision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s regional office in Chicago which allowed scholarship football players at Northwestern University to form a union. Interestingly, the ruling only applies to the 85 scholarship players on the team within the proposed bargaining unit and…

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Apr 08 2014
Labor RelationsWage and Hour

CALIFORNIA: Collective Bargaining Agreements Can Determine Overtime Compensation

Collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) can, in certain cases, override strict state laws on overtime, ruled a California court of appeals. 

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Photo of Karen Davis
Oct 17 2013
Q&ALabor Relations  

NLRA protects workers’ complaints and other activities

Q: One of our employees complains all the time. Today we learned he started a Facebook page that says our company sucks. We have a policy prohibiting disparagement of our organization. Can we tell him if he doesn’t like it here, he can leave?

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Oct 17 2013
Q&ALabor Relations

Make sure your photography ban satisfies the NLRB

Q:  We have a ‘no photography’ policy to protect our manufacturing process. I have recently read that this limitation may be against the law. Is that true?

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Oct 10 2013
Labor Relations

NLRB General Counsel clamps down on policies prohibiting photos and use of company logo

Employer policies are still under fire by the Office of General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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Photo of Karen Davis
Jul 01 2013
Labor Relations  

Confidentiality instructions in investigations may violate NLRA

Under the NLRA, the primary risk of automatically requiring confidentiality in investigations is your potential liability for back pay if you terminate an employee for violating your confidentiality rule.

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