On March 18th, Richard Griffin, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued an advice memorandum in which he ostensibly differentiated between employee handbook provisions that he deemed to be permissible, as opposed to those provisions that he found to be impermissible under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”). Section 7 provides that employees have the right to engage in collective activity and discussions related to wages, hours and terms and conditions of employment. Griffin’s 30 page memo touches on several broad categories of handbook provisions and provides what he characterizes as helpful guidance on such issues as confidentiality clauses, restrictions on photography and recording of images in the workplace, and employee contact with third parties. Mr. Griffin’s memo is, in fact, problematic from a number of perspectives, not the least of which is that employers may find it very difficult to discern the difference between perceived permissible clauses and those which are deemed to be violative of the Act. This controversial memo should be reviewed with your employment counsel to ascertain whether changes need to be made to your handbook provisions. If you have a question about the memo or any matter related to employee handbooks, and you would like to speak with one of Offit Kurman’s Labor and Employment attorneys, click here. To read more or to listen to the March 25th Telebrief®, or to listen to past installments, please click here.
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