A California law curtailing some employers’ rights to oppose their employees’ unionizing efforts is superseded by the National Labor Relations Act, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has held. The ruling could bring welcome relief to employers facing union organization efforts.
A federal appeals court recently ruled that the National Labor Relations Act’s (NLRA) prohibitions against unfair labor practices don’t apply to employees of a U.S.-based company while on temporary assignment outside the country. The case arose after two employees were terminated, allegedly for complaining about work conditions they encountered on temporary assignment in Ottawa. […]
Fulfilling union information requests can sometimes be tedious. But as a new National LaborRelations Board (NLRB) decision shows, before you simply flat-out refuse to turn over the requested data, it’s important to make a good faith assessment of the relevance of the request.
Most employers know the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects an employee’s right to participate in union activities. But the law is actually much broader than that. It also covers workers—union and nonunion—who join together to protest or seek changes in the terms and conditions of their employment. Retaliation against an employee for engaging in […]
An employee has been griping about your business practices almost from his first day of work. He shares his concerns with co-workers and then threatens to tell one of your clients about the problems. Before letting that happen, you decide to terminate him. Were you within your rights? According to a new ruling, the answer […]
E-mail has fast become an efficient and popular way of communicating in the workplace. But it has also raised legal issues for employers, ranging from privacy problems to possible liability for harassment when employees use e-mail to send off-color messages. Now there’s a new concern: if an employee sends an e-mail message criticizing your personnel […]