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August 28, 2023

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   Researching Employee Handbook   

NLRB Puts Employment Handbooks Under More Scrutiny

Employers often have workplace policies which are typically contained in an employment handbook. These handbooks may include policies regarding the confidentiality of business information, the use of cell phones during work, employer internal investigations, the taking of pictures and recordings at work, and not bad-mouthing the company, among others.

On August 2, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision that will have a major impact on employers seeking to implement and enforce workplace rules and policies...

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   Pregnant Employee at Office   

Employer Q & A About New Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) went into effect on June 27, 2023. It was passed by the U.S. Congress in December 2022 with bipartisan support due to a growing awareness of the country’s worsening maternal health outcomes and lack of support for pregnant working mothers.

The PWFA requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations to a qualified employee’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an undue hardship...   

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   Vote Union Blocks   

New NLRB Rule Speeds Up Union Election Process

On August 25, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a new rule for representation case procedures. This rule goes into effect on December 26, 2023. The rule reinstates the 2014 ambush-style representation election rules. Make sure your company is prepared well ahead of time to ensure that your interests are protected.

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   Confidentiality Clause   

Time to Revisit Your “Standard” Employment and Separation Agreements

A recent flurry of activity from the National Labor Relations Board and its General Counsel has many employers rethinking “standard” contract clauses which employers have routinely included in employment or separation agreements. 

If you routinely place the following types of clauses in agreements with non-supervisory employees, then you should have legal counsel review those agreements in light of recent legal developments...




Fall 2023 Labor & Employment Law Update on October 12

October 12, 2023

To learn more about the major issues and developments your company needs to address now for 2024 such as use of employers' use of AI, employee misclassification, and the current state of noncompetes, you're invited to join our Fall 2023 Labor & Employment Law Update. 







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