Employees May Use Email For Union Activity

By Patrick Scully and Beth Ann Lennon The NLRB says its 2007 decision in Register Guard was “clearly incorrect.”  Employers cannot prohibit employee use of employer email for union and other protected communications.  In other words, employer policies that prohibit non-business use of employer email systems are now invalid, absent a showing of “special circumstances”.  […]

IBM Avoids Liability for “Inartful” HR IM

By Bill Wright HR professionals slip into jargon and euphemisms, like everyone else. Also, like everyone else, HR professionals think their instant messages are too ephemeral to become evidence in a discrimination suit. Not so. The courts recently had to address whether an exchange of instant messages between HR professionals about a reduction in force […]