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Breakfast Briefing: The National Labor Relations Act for the Private Sector Employer

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been in the news lately and it’s likely to impact non-union employers. Davis & Kuelthau Labor & Employment Team attorneys held a timely informational discussion benefiting union and non-union private sector employers.

After years of political and judicial controversy, the President has made five new appointments (three Democrats and two Republicans) and gained congressional approval. All very interesting, but if you are a non-union employer, what difference does the activity of the NLRB mean to you?

    1. The NLRB has jurisdiction over any circumstance where an employee (union or not) engages in “concerted activities” regarding his or her employment. It is likely the new Board will interpret “concerted activity” broadly, including in social media settings.
    2. The NLRB has announced that it intends to more aggressively educate union and non-union employees regarding the protections of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to encourage access to the NLRB, and organizing efforts are likely to enjoy the enforcement of rules limiting the timeframe for elections and thus fewer employer options.

Key points addressed during this Breakfast Briefing included:

    • The potential impact of the new Board on non-union shops, as well as issues of interest to those employers already organized
    • Procedures available to employees to access the NLRB
    • The scope of the protections afforded to employees under the NLRA and the rulings of the NLRB and reviewing courts.

This complimentary seminar was held at the Comfort Suites- Rock Garden Conference in Green Bay, WI on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.