NLRB Issues Two More ‘Supervisor’ Decisions

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recently decided two more “supervisor” cases under its new standard. The decisions are in addition to one the Board recently issued that shed some light on the often murky question of which employees are considered supervisors rather than “lead employees” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). That […]

News Notes: National Labor Relations Act Protections End At The Border

  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. […]

Terminating Employees: Firing Employee for Discussing Family Leave Rights with Co-Workers Violated NLRA; Even Nonunion Employers Must Be Cautious

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 […]

Discharging Employees: NLRB Orders Non-Union Employer To Reinstate Worker Who Complained; Self-Defense Tips

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 […]

Complaining Employees: Firing Workers Who Use E-Mail To Gripe Is Now Risky

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 […]