Page is loading...
Print Logo Logo

Can Your Employees Use Your Company’s E-Mail System To Solicit Support For A Union? The NLRB Is Going To Weigh In…

On April 30, 2014, the NLRB signaled it may overturn a 2007 Bush-Board decision, Register Guard, that generally allows employers to prohibit employees from using work e-mail systems for non-business purposes, including union organizing purposes. In a pending case in California involving allegations against employer Purple Communications, Inc., an Administrative Law Judge noted the NLRB’s decision in Register Guard and ruled Purple Communications did not violate the NLRA by having a policy that prohibited employees from using its electronic equipment and email systems for any non-business purpose. The NLRB General Counsel and the Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO have appealed the Administrative Law  Judge’s decision, however, and are seeking to have the Register Guard decision overruled.  The General Counsel and CWA specifically want the NLRB to adopt a rule that allows employees who are permitted to use their employer’s email for work purposes to use it for “Section 7 activity” (i.e., union organizing) as well, “subject only to the need to maintain production and discipline.” The NLRB has invited the parties and interested amici to file briefs related to the issue by June 13, 2014. This decision has potentially far reaching effects not only on union organizing tactics, but on many employer e-mail policies currently in place that have blanket prohibitions on employees’ use of e-mail for non-business purposes. Stay tuned to the blog to keep abreast of developments regarding this important case. A copy of the NLRB’s invitation to file briefs in the case can be found here.


Are the Rules Changing for Employer Dress Codes and Union Insignia?

February 15, 2021 | Labor Relations, Unions and Union Membership, National Labor Relations Board

Do You Smell a Rat? Scabby Gets a Lifeline

February 11, 2021 | Labor Relations, National Labor Relations Board, Unions and Union Membership, Strikes and Picketing

Slow Mo: Union Election Pace Slowed In 2020

January 11, 2021 | Labor Relations, Unions and Union Membership

A Tweet For A Tat: Magazine Founder’s Twitter Post Ruled Unlawful

December 3, 2020 | Labor Relations, National Labor Relations Board

Kicking It Into Gear: NLRB Continues Improving Case Processing Statistics

November 13, 2020 | Labor Relations, National Labor Relations Board


Do you want to receive more valuable insights directly in your inbox? Visit our subscription center and let us know what you're interested in learning more about.

View Subscription Center
Work email
Trending Connect
We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience. By clicking any link on this page you are giving your consent for us to use cookies.