Employment Law Update: NLRB Releases Report Concerning Employer Rules
On March 18, 2015, the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) released a “Report Concerning Employer Rules” which concerns rules routinely contained in existing Employee Handbooks. Many employers will find this Report startling.
A few brief examples, which the NLRB finds “unlawful” under the National Labor Relations Act, include:
- Do not discuss customer or employee information outside of work, including phone numbers and addresses.
- Do not make insulting, embarrassing, hurtful or abusive comments about other company employees online, and avoid the use of offensive, derogatory, or prejudicial comments.
- Material that is fraudulent, harassing, embarrassing, sexually explicit, profane, obscene, intimidating, defamatory, or otherwise unlawful or inappropriate may not be sent by e-mail.
- Employees are not authorized to speak to any representatives of the print and/or electronic media about company matters unless designated to do so by HR, and must refer all media inquiries to the company media hotline.
- Do not use any company logos, trademarks, graphics, or advertising materials in social media.
Now is a good time to review your Employee Handbook for rules now considered “unlawful”. If you need assistance with your review, contact Lance Arnold at 504.569.2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The complete Report can be found at www.nlrb.gov.