On March 18, 2015, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a report (Report), the purpose of which is to provide guidance to employers on which employee handbook rules, in the NLRB’s view, comply with the National Labor Relations Act (Act) and which employee handbook rules do not. Work rules could infringe on Section 7 activity and therefore violate the Act. Section 7 of the Act protects a host of activities, including employees’ right to engage in concerted activity, such as when employees act together to improve their pay and working conditions, with or without a union. Examples of concerted activity include two or more employees speaking to their employer about increasing their pay or discussing with each other work-related issues beyond pay, such as safety concerns. Read more here.

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