Employee Use of Company E-Mail and Monitoring Employee E-MailThe NLRB will presume that employees who have rightful access to their employer’s e-mail system in the course of their work also have a right to use the e-mail system to engage in Section 7 protected communications on non-working time. This means that if your employees have access to the e-mail system, they can use the e-mail system to discuss union-related issues, so long as they do so on non-working time. Employers can in unusual circumstances impose some restrictions, such as a ban on sending mass e-mails. But, the employer has the burden of showing that limitations are necessary (for example, that mass e-mails disrupt the server) and that limitations are consistently and uniformly enforced. … [Read more...] about Are Your Employment Policies Legal Under Current Federal Labor Law?
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It's not the first time Musk has gotten in trouble for his tweets. Last year, he ended up in a dispute with the Securities and Exchange Commission over a tweet by Musk saying he had "funding secured" to take the company private. Musk was removed as chairman of the company's board, and he and the company were each fined $20 million in a settlement of the charges. He is also now limited in what he's allowed to post on social media. … [Read more...] about Tesla and CEO Elon Musk violated federal labor law, judge rules
The case involved an investigation by the Company's Human Resource Consultant regarding employee rumors and dissatisfaction about alleged disparate pay. As part of the investigation, the HR consultant was advised by an employee that she had not yet discussed or complained to other employees about the issue, but was concerned about it. Several days later, the employee was fired. … [Read more...] about NLRB Determines that “Preemptive” Firing Violates Federal Labor Law
The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that it is a violation of federal labor law to require employees to sign arbitration agreements that prevent them from joining together to pursue employment-related legal claims in any forum, whether in arbitration or in court. … [Read more...] about Board finds that Certain Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Violate Federal Labor Law
Maternity Leave ChangesUnder the previous law, women had the right to a six weeks’ leave prior to the birth of a child and six weeks following the birth of a child. Under certain circumstances, the new FLL allows women to allocate up to four of the six weeks of the pre-birth leave to the post-birth leave period (i.e., a woman may take maternity leave as few as two weeks before the birth of a child and up to ten weeks after the birth of a child). Additionally, if a child is born with disabilities or requires medical attention, the post-birth leave may be extended for up to two additional weeks. In the case of adoption, female employees are entitled to six weeks’ leave following receipt of the child. … [Read more...] about Mexican Federal Labor Law Reform: What Companies Doing Business in Mexico Need to Know