NLRB GC Brief Portends Hefty Labor Law Transformation [Law360]

Daniel Johns authored an article about an April brief filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on behalf of NLRB general counsel Jennifer Abruzzo. Dan discussed the Graten Trucking case and what may change in the future with myriad labor law issues. Regarding the Graten Trucking case, their general counsel asked the NLRB to overrule the Babcock & Wilcox decision from 1948. The decision concluded that it was not illegal for employers to require them to attend meetings about union campaign issues. The brief proposed forcing employers to comply with certain requirements to hold voluntary unionization discussions with their employees. 

He also discussed how the Graten Trucking brief asks to overturn the 2019 Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino decision and return to the standard set in the 2014 Purple Communications Inc. case involving employees' right to use employer email systems for organizing. In addition to overturning these two precedents, general counsel Abruzzo is looking to extend employee rights beyond company email systems. 

He suggests that employers should not only look at the recent labor law changes, but also stay current with what the general counsel has asked to happen in the future. He believes more significant changes are coming.

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