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The National Labor Relations Act: Risks for the Unwary Employer

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Many non-unionized private sector employers are unfamiliar with the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) or mistakenly believe that the NLRA only applies to organized workforces or unionized activity. The NLRA, however, is much broader than most employers realize and applies to both unionized and non-unionized employers.

In this webinar, Baker Donelson attorneys Sharonda Fancher and Chris Barrett will cover what employers need to know about the NLRA. NLRA rights include not only the right to discuss union issues, but also employees' rights to discuss the terms and conditions of employment, the right to criticize or complain about an employer, and the right to join and enlist others (even outside the union setting) in addressing employment matters. Given the change in presidential administration and corresponding changes at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), employers should be prepared for the Obama-era approach of broadly defining employee's rights under the NLRA. An expansive interpretation of the NLRA will impact workplaces in a variety of ways ranging from governance of employee discussions and activities to employee handbook policies that are interpreted to have a "chilling" effect on NLRA rights.

Tune in for a discussion about these critical issues as well as coverage of the potential impact on employers if the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act passes the Senate, updates on the "Contract-Bar Doctrine," recent union organizing efforts including the Amazon facility in Alabama, and more.

Continuing Education Credit:
This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute and SHRM for review. In order to receive credit, participants must attend the program live. Credit cannot be awarded to viewers of the recorded program.

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