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Another Reason Not to Ban Social Media on Company Time (Hint: It's the NLRB)

November 20, 2012
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A slacking employee will not become a star performer just because you limit his or her social media access; he or she will just find another way to slack off.
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The “I”s Have It: NLRB Says Don't Shred Those At-Will Disclaimers Just Yet

November 1, 2012
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It is refreshing (surprising? relieving?) to see that the NLRB's Office of General Counsel is backing off the position that any at-will disclaimer violates the NLRA, and is willing to evaluate them on a case-by-case basis.
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What Scares Employers? How About a Union Organizing Campaign

October 31, 2012
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It is not enough merely to have a no-solicitation policy. You must also take seriously the National Labor Relations Act's rules against applying policies to single-out labor unions and the employees who support them.
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Employment Law Blog Carnival: The 007 Edition

October 17, 2012
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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the world's most famous movie spy, James Bond. Since many have compared my suaveness and sophistication with that of 007, celebrating Bond is a fitting topic for my edition of the monthly roundup of the best that the employment law blawgosphere has to offer.
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Pay Attention: NLRB Issues its Second Social Media Decision in a Month (Knauz BMW)

October 3, 2012
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Employers need to pay careful and diligent attention to this issue. Social media and other employee communication policies remain on the forefront of the National Labor Relations Board's hit parade.
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Now the NLRB Says Employers Can't Regulate Threatening or Offensive Speech (This is Getting Ridiculous)

October 2, 2012
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The business community needs to pay careful attention to cases such as Fresenius USA Manufacturing. The NLRB continues to dangerously regulate employers rights to control and remedy workplace misconduct, all in the name of “protected concerted activity.”
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The One Question I Would Ask Joe Biden During the Debates

September 28, 2012
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With this election cycle's debates on the horizon, I'll be providing the one question I would ask each of the two presidential and two vice presidential candidates. Today's target—Vice President Joe Biden.
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NFL to Freeze Referees' Pension Plan Under Labor Agreement

September 27, 2012
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Retirement benefits will be provided through a defined contribution plan to new referees immediately and for all officials beginning in 2017.
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Looming Strike in India a Threat to U.S. Companies?

September 18, 2012
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Trade unions there called for a nationwide strike to protest India's opening of its retail sector to international retailers Walmart and Tesco.
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NLRB Continues to Attack Facially Neutral Employment Policies

September 17, 2012
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Employers, I wish I could whisk up a magical elixir to solve this problem. Alas, at least for the time being, we are stuck with the NLRB's intrusiveness into the world of work rules, and the grave uncertainty that comes along for the ride.
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