NLRB may revisit email access and unionization efforts

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NLRB may revisit email access and unionization efforts
NLRB may revisit email access and unionization efforts

The National Labor Relations board announced Wednesday it will accept briefs on whether to revisit a 2014 ruling that allowed workers to use employer email systems for union-related activities. Comments can be submitted through Sept. 5.

The ruling in Purple Communications Inc. and Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO overturned a 2007 decision that said workers did not have the right under the National Labor Relations Act to use employer-owned email for such purposes.

The latest announcement was hardly unexpected. Last December, NLRB General Peter B. Robb asked regional officers to submit cases involving significant legal issues, including those “over the last eight years that overruled precedent and involved one or more dissents.”

Senior living operators stand to gain by a change to the 2014 rule. Some analysts noted that this is yet another example of a White House undoing what was done earlier by the other side.

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