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NLRB Further Restricts Employer Policies on Employee Communication: NLRB Finds Rules Restricting Employee Communication with Media and Law Enforcement and Communication about Confidential Information Unlawful

Posted in Labor Relations

On the heels of three memoranda from its General Counsel, multiple ALJ decisions, and even one or two decisions of the full Board addressing employer social media and communications policies over the last couple of years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s decision last week in DirecTV, which held that DirectTV’s policies restricting certain employee communication were unlawfully overbroad, might be viewed by some as rather predictable. Nevertheless, despite the uncertain validity of recent Board decisions in general in light of the D.C. Circuit’s Noel Canning decision (see our blog post from yesterday for more discussion of the Noel


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Your Supervisors May Not Be Who You Think They Are Under the National Labor Relations Act

Posted in Labor Relations, Traps for the Unwary, Workforce Strategies

A manager’s involvement in the disciplinary process isn’t necessarily enough to make them a "supervisor" under the National Labor Relations Act, according to a recent NLRB decision.

In DirecTV, 357 N.L.R.B. No. 149 (Dec. 22, 2011)  the Board, in a 2-1 decision, held that DirecTV’s "field supervisors" weren’t actually supervisors as defined in the National Labor Relations Act. Section 2(11) of the NLRA defines supervisors as individuals who have certain authority with respect to other employees, including the ability to discipline or "effectively recommend" discipline for other employees. The issue arose following a representation election won by the union. …


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