Over the years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – the US federal administrative agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act – has done little to interject itself into the non-union workforce, largely confining its activities to matters involving labor unions. The focus of many of the NLRB’s recent rulings, however, has been the protection of the right of employees to communicate with their coworkers about their terms and conditions of employment. Indeed, the NLRB has increasingly defined the contours of this right expansively.
Squire Sanders partner Daniel B. Pasternak recently co-authored an article in the American Health Lawyers Association’s Labor & Employment newsletter with Kate A. Kleba, of Post & Schell PC, that discusses the relevant statutory provisions, examines two examples of the NLRB’s recent rulings involving employees’ right to communicate and provides some practical guidance to help healthcare employers address these important issues.
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