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NLRB looking to expand NLRA

by Andrew SzczesniakMarch 31, 2015 8:00 AM

Wow, that’s a lot of letters. What does this all mean?

Over the last several years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been contending that their reach expands beyond unionized workers. On March 18th, the NLRB General Counsel, Richard Griffin, released a 30-page report providing guidance to attorneys and HR professionals on what he believes is not a legal rule for an employee handbook under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  

In short, Mr. Griffin’s report proposes major changes under which the NLRB believes it can apply its rules.

NLRB loosk to expand NLRA and what it might mean

But you’re not a union shop, so who cares, right?

If this report gains any traction, you should definitely care. By offering guidance to the legality of rules under the NLRA, it can expand its reach because all employers are governed under the NLRA.

In this 30-page report, the General Counsel gives real-life examples of “good” and “bad” policies. Among those areas addressed are:

• Confidentiality policies

• Conduct toward management 

• Conduct toward co-workers

• Conduct toward third parties 

• Use of company logos, copyrights, and trademarks

• Restrictions on photography and recording

• Miscellaneous unlawful policies

What you should do next

At the beginning of this piece, I wrote that this report was created for those in the legal profession and HR professionals to help them advise their clients/employers. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, you should get in touch with your attorney. Today.

If you’re still not sure where to begin, give us a call at 330-659-0101. Our HR specialists are there to not only react to new rules as they come across, but to help you be better prepared before it becomes an issue for you.

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