Don't Ignore NLRA When Using Employee Resource Groups [Law360]

Daniel Johns authored an article about how employee resource groups (ERGs) have become one of the primary methods employers use to engage employees and increase morale in the workplace. In their most common form, ERGs involve groups created by employers to further the interests of diverse employees, such as groups organized by race, disability, sexual orientation, veterans' status and other employee characteristics. Generally, employers do not limit employee membership in ERGs on the basis of the specific characteristic for which the group was created, but instead allow all employees to participate while focusing on promoting the interests of employees with that characteristic. In the current tight labor market, where employers have had great difficulty hiring employees, employers often tout ERGs as an important way to recruit and retain employees.

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