The Top 5 Labor Relations Articles of 2016

By Allen Smith, J.D. Dec 27, 2016

​A social media policy ruling from the National Labor Relations Board made HR professionals sit up and take notice in 2016.  News and developments on employee participation programs, recordings at work, strikes and lockouts round out this year's most-read labor relations articles on SHRM Online.

Use of an Old Social Media Policy Is New Chipotle Gaffe

Even if you think your organization's social media policies are up to date and comply with current National Labor Relations Board rulings, make sure old versions of your policies aren't still circulating. These old versions may come back to bite, as Chipotle discovered in recent litigation.

Could Your Employee Participation Program Be Illegal?

Employees may be valuable sources of information and ideas for improving a business. However, employers wishing to involve employees in management decisions to any extent must beware of two statutory provisions: Section 8(a)(2) of the National Labor Relations Act and Section 302 of the Labor Management Relations Act.

Employers Can't Prohibit All Recording at Work

Now that word is out that the National Labor Relations Board prohibits employers from imposing across-the-board no-recording policies, unionized and nonunionized businesses alike are trying to figure out when they may prohibit recording at work.

[SHRM members-only toolkit: Complying with U.S. Labor Relations Laws in Nonunion Settings]

Verizon Strike Not as Intimidating as It Appears

Despite its recent strike at Verizon, the Communications Workers of America union doesn't have as much muscle to flex as it did 16 years ago when 85,000 Verizon employees went on strike. In the ensuing decade, the union lost half its membership.

Long Island University—Brooklyn Lockout Was a First for Higher Education

The Long Island University—Brooklyn's lockout of its faculty was the first one in higher education, probably for good reason: Lockouts can backfire.

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