Facebook Firings: The NLRB Does Not “Like”

Some of you may recall the story of Heather Armstrong, the first person to get "dooced" (fired for blogging about her employer). The word "dooce" originated from Ms. Anderson's personal blog. According to a recent Wikipedia search on Ms. Armstrong, in 2002 she " ignited a...

Foley & Lardner Labor and Employment Law Weekly Update (Week of November 7, 2011)

Foley & Lardner Labor and Employment Law Weekly Update (Week of November 7, 2011) Occupy [Insert Your City] Is Coming to Town - Are You Prepared? Written by: John H. Douglas You might have to live under a rock not to have heard about the Occupy Wall Street protests by now. As such...

The NLRB’s Dangerous Course: Arbitration Waivers and Protected Concerted Activity

The NLRB has announced the filing of a complaint against 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc., claiming that the company's requirement that its employees submit all employment-related disputes to individual arbitration violated federal labor law. According to the NLRB, 24 Hour Fitness, which is non-unionized...

Reaching the 93%: NLRB launches webpage describing protected concerted activity

When asked the type of law I practice, I always respond with "management-side labor and employment law." In reality, while I have many successful engagements under my belt in the world of traditional labor law, I am much more of an employment attorney than a labor attorney. And, if you ask...

Will the Chick-fil-A YouTube firing pass legal muster?

Wow! This story has it all Bullying! Chick-fil-A! Social media! Was this guy's YouTube post "protected concerted activity"? You decide. Adam Smith (no relation to that "invisible hand" guy ), chief financial officer of biotech company Vante, went to a drive-through...

Now the NLRB says employers can't regulate threatening or offensive speech (this is getting ridiculous)

Hopefully you're not getting tired of me railing against the National Labor Relations Board for its parade of opinions designed to undermine the rights of employers to regulate the workplace. As long as the NLRB keeps pumping out these opinions under the generic umbrella of "protected concerted...