Can an employer restrict employees from leaving their work station?

The answer to that question is a qualified “maybe” or “maybe not.” Generally it is a given that an employer can control, if they want, when an employee can leave a work station. However, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has offered a different interpretation that restricts an employer’s ability to have this restriction. Watch your …

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The NLRB basically says you have to allow negativity

As I was telling a class the other day the National Labor Relations Board is getting more and more intrusive into non-union companies. Here is an example. Poor work environment Many companies have made attempts to improve the work environment when it as devolved into a state where there was a lack of cooperation, fighting …

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Can a Concerted Activity F-Bomb Get You Fired?

  The NLRB has been the object of many blog posts in connection to “protected concerted activity”. I have written on it several times. One of the conclusions that many of us have come to is that even if the language engaged in is very coarse the employee may be immune from termination. Fortunately that …

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Social Media Prohibitions Declared Illegal

  You know all those news stories about people being fired for using social media and then reinstated because of the action of the National Labor Relations Board? Well, all those decisions may have been declared illegal! At least that may be the outcome of the action taken by a three judge panel of the …

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Right-to-Work Gives Workers Rights

  I was dumbfounded by some of the statements I have heard in the arguments about the implementation of “right-to-work” laws in Michigan. The bottomline is that right-to-work GIVES workers rights rather than taking them away. Background I have touched on this before when Indiana passed right-to-work legislation in early 2012 when I wrote New …

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Social Media Use and the NLRB Again

  The attempts to control social media use in the workplace by employees is like “tilting at windmills.” Control is not really something you have and the NLRB is making it more difficult with every decision they make. So here is another lesson is social media use and the NLRB, again. The NLRB decision The …

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Requiring Employees to be Courteous Is Ruled Unlawful

  I don’t know if the decisions by the National Labor Relations Board can get any more ridiculous than this one. According to them requiring your employees to be courteous is ILLEGAL!  Has the world gone amok? Or is it just this particular Board? The Case Briefly, the case, Karl Knauz Motors, Inc, dealt with …

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