NLRB General Counsel’s Office Recommends Ending Union Email Rule - Articles

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Posted by: Chelsea Bennett on Sep 17, 2018

According to a brief filed Friday, the National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s office has recommended the reversal of the 2014 Obama-era decision that allowed employees to organize unionization using employer email systems, Bloomberg BNA reports. The brief asserts that employers should be able to restrict email use in a nondiscriminatory manner and that allowing union organization through employer email leads to lower workplace productivity and compromises in digital security. The general counsel’s recommendation aligns with the opinion of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups. The NLRB is considering revising its email rule and has invited public input on the issue; all interested parties may file a brief by the new, extended deadline of Oct. 5.