Tag Archives: NLRA

Next Step in U.S. Postal Service Breach – NLRB Sues Postal Service

As discussed in an earlier post, shortly after the United States Postal Service reported a data breach potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of  employees, the American Postal Workers Union filed an unfair labor practice with the National Labor Relations Board alleging the Postal Service should have bargained with the union over the impact and response to the … Continue Reading

“Employees Must Be Permitted To Use Company Email for Statutorily Protected Communications” -NLRB

We reported earlier that the National Labor Relations Board had been considering changing its previous position that  “employees have no statutory right to use the[ir] Employer’s e-mail system for Section 7 purposes.”  The NLRB’s position in this regard was established in 2007, under the NLRB’s ruling in Register Guard.  Today, in Purple Communications Inc. and … Continue Reading

Postal Workers Union Complains to NLRB About Post Office Data Breach

After being hit with a data breach, the last thing a company might want is the scrutiny of the union representing its employees affected by the incident. When the data breach potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of United States Postal Service employees was reported, it was not long after that the American Postal Workers Union … Continue Reading

Companies Need to be Better Prepared to Respond to Problematic Social Media Activity, Including Facebook “Likes”

The National Labor Relations Board has found that another employer (a non-union employer) violated its employees’ protected concerted activity rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it disciplined and fired them for certain social media activity. Our Labor Group provides an extensive analysis of this decision in Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille, 361 NLRB No. 31 … Continue Reading

Another Employer’s Social Media Policy Is Found Unlawful By An NLRB Administrative Law Judge

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) continues to be active in its review of employer social media policies. In recent years, the NLRB’s review of social media policies has focused largely on whether an employee would reasonably construe the language of the policy as prohibiting him or her from engaging in activity protected by Section … Continue Reading

No First Amendment Protection for Police Officer’s Facebook Rant, a Reminder of the Risks of Employee Activity in Social Media

If you are a public sector employer, you may be particularly interested in an article written by my fellow shareholder and practice group member, Marlo Johnson Roebuck. She writes about a recent case, Graziosi v. City of Greenville, involving a police department’s decision to terminate a police officer for statements she made on Facebook. As … Continue Reading

Third Social Media Report From NLRB Acting General Counsel

Today, the NLRB‘s Acting General Counsel posted a third report regarding social media issues which have been brought to the agency. The cases discussed in this report should provide further guidance to employers struggling with developing strategies for using social media in their business, developing employee policies regulating activity in social media, and enforcing those policies. … Continue Reading

NLRB Acting General Counsel Issues Opinion On Social Media and the NLRA

An August 18, 2011, NLRB Memorandum helps to outline contours of what constitues protected concerted activity under NLRA Section 7. Of course, examination and analysis of the facts at issue, is critical, along with prudent advice from expert labor counsel. This post, however, discusses some of the helpful guidance concerning some popular policy provisions that if not adequately defined or limited could run afoul of Section 7 rights.… Continue Reading

Florida’s New “Sexting” Law Makes it Criminal for Minors to Transmit Sexually Explicit Materials Electronically

Florida has joined 20 other states have enacted legislation addressing teen sexting. Because employees frequently transmit these materials using their employer's networks, retail, entertainment, hospitality and other industries that traditionally employ large numbers of younger workers may soon get dragged into criminal proceedings because of "sexting" by their younger workers.… Continue Reading

Pending Social Media-Related Cases at All 52 NLRB Regional Offices

NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe E. Solomon offered some insight into the NLRB’s interest in Social Media earlier this month when he spoke at the Annual Conference on Labor at New York University. During his presentation, Solomon revealed that every one of the 52 NLRB regional offices across the country has at least one pending … Continue Reading

Addressing Social Media Use–Recent Ruling on Students’ Social Networking Reaffirms Need for Policies and Training

The pervasiveness of social media in professional and everyday communication is a hot button issue (discussed at length here), particularly for private and public employers and organizations.  In fact, many organizations have adopted, or are considering adopting, social media policies for employees and providing training for how employees should interact in cyberspace.  But what should … Continue Reading

A New NLRB May Mean New Concerns Regarding Social Media

The combination of “social media” and the “workplace” raises many traps for the unwary employer: Can we use social media when hiring? Can employees be prohibited from using social media at work? Can we monitor employees use of social media? What are the essential elements of a social media policy? As with many issues involving new … Continue Reading
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