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NLRB checks your agreement for rules of secrecy, non-discrimination and secrecy.
A further ruling has been made by a National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "Board") administrator magistrate ("ALJ"), which removes the privacy and protected information and regulations of a non-union based employee. Although there is nothing new about the Board expanding its scope to the nonunion workplace environment, this case shows that the acting General Counsel ("AGC") of the Board is further expanding his views on what kinds of traditional legal and routinely guidelines, practice and arrangements "reasonable employees" believe would impair the ability to pursue their right to concert actions regarding the condition of their jobs.
Quicken Loans, Inc. Case No 28-CA-75857 (8 January 2013) further broadens the Board of Directors' perspective on the nature of the rules that the NLRB is likely to find excessive and illegal when it comes to privacy, the safeguarding of protected information and the safeguarding of a company's operations and reputation through the use and enforceability of rules without defamation.
Over the past few years, the Board of Directors and its General Counsel have made it clear that the NLRB is willing to revise employers' guidelines and practices to make sure that they do not contain any provision that would interfere with or impede the exercising of their National Labor Relations Act ("Act") Section 7 right.
Such cases are referred by the AGC to the Board of Directors, which examines and determines which cases of improper labour practice it considers to be beneficial and should be prosecuted before an ALJ and eventually before the Board and U.S. Supreme Court for assertion. A new feature is that the Executive Board not only reviews regulations in manuals or other guidelines, but also reviews the contracts of employees who are paid high salaries.
At the Quicken Loans ruling, ALJ Joel Biblowitz found that Quicken Loans, Inc. "Quicken ", broke the law by retaining in her contract of contract for mortgages bankers ("Agreement") "too wide and too-discriminatory rules". Witness testimonies made at a Board General Counsel consultation in an improper work case indicated that all staff working as mortgages agents in their respective locations were obliged to subscribe to the contract as a term of appointment.
It was a result of an unjust indictment of Lydia Garza's work practices. Ms Garza, a non-union staff member who worked for Quicken as a hypothecary until her resignation, did not file the charges of improper labour practices until Quicken took steps to impose certain contractually binding assurances against her.
Upon leaving Mrs Garza Quicken, the firm informed her of the ongoing commitments under the agreement, some of which were confidential, non-compete, and the rules for staff and customers without contact/no advertising. Quicken subsequently brought a suit against Ms Garza and five other former staff members. According to the action, they infringed the Treaty rules on non-contact, injunction and non-competition.
Following the investigation of Mrs Garza's charges of improper labour practices, the AGC lodged a grievance and the case was heard before ALJ Biblowitz. ALJ Biblowitz examined in its ruling the legality of two clauses of the contract titled (i) 'Proprietary/Confidential Information' and (ii) 'Non-Disparagement. "The Agreement provided a broad term for "proprietary/confidential information," which includes all "non-public information about Company personnel," such as " employee personally identifiable information," such as home numbers, mobile numbers, postal and e-mail adresses.
" Non-Disparagement in the Agreement prohibits any employee from publically critiquing, taunting, denigrating or libeling Quicken or its goods, service, policies, officers, stockholders or any of its affiliates with or through any means of writing, communicating or displaying any images. Although the ALJ acknowledges that there is a narrow line between legitimate and illegal restraints, it found that the two terms of the agreement violate the law because they "would reasonably be inclined to cool down staff in exercising their Section 7 rights".
" The ALJ concluded that if an individual complied with the limitations of the Proprietary/Confidential Information section, he would assume that he was forbidden to discuss his own salaries and performance or the name, salaries, performance, address or phone number of his individual staff with colleagues or trade unionists.
The ALJ therefore came to the conclusion that the provisions of the agreement would significantly discourage staff from carrying out concertation which would be permissible under the Act. ALJ also argued that the Non-Disparagement clause could reasonably be interpreted by a worker to limit his right to safe work because " [t]he workers may criticise their employers and their product within the framework of their Section 7 right, and the workers sometimes do so by addressing the general community or their colleagues to win their backing.
" For the ALJ, proof was provided that no Quicken staff member had been subject to discipline for non-compliance with the relevant regulations. The ALJ did not attach any importance to this fact as it argued that the maintenance of a set of rules likely to have a deterrent effect on the prerogatives in Section 7 could be unethical working practices even without enforcing them.
Nor did it play a role that in the present case the law was applied to former staff and not to present staff. ALJ ordered Quicken to stop complying with "excessively wide rules" and to inform all mortgages banks that the protected/confidential information and non-discrimination requirements will be lifted and not implemented.
At this stage, it is Quicken's turn to submit "exceptions" to the ALJ ruling to seek a reconsideration of the ruling and the suggested redress has not yet expired. However, the fast-track lending ruling must be seen in the light of several other recent Board rulings and measures, such as the Board's approval of its NLRB Notice Posting Rule, which is currently the object of disputes in the District of Columbia and District of South Carolina, the Board's disputed welfare cases, and the Board's position against waiver of classes and classes.
The NLRB Chairman, Mark Gaston Pearce, has explained that the Board's initiative is to " get the Board out of the loft and into the kitchen" and reach all staff, even those working in non-union workspaces. It is important for employer to note that the NLRB focuses on the full implementation of workers' legal protection, especially in non-union workstations.
Previously, we recommended that employer reviews their policy and prospective measures to implement such policy in accordance with NLRB rulings and guidelines. Refer to NLRB Acting General Counsel Issues Follow-Up Report on Social Media Cases and the NLRB's Inspection of Employment-at-Will Disclaimers signals a trend for employer. On the basis of this latest ALJ ruling and in order to supplement the revision of their writing guidelines, whether alone or included in job manuals, employer are encouraged:
Check the arrangements. Check offers, working arrangements, non-disclosure clauses and restricted assurances to make sure they do not contain: comprehensive or unclear bans on employees' behaviour, the use of which could reasonably be construed as prohibiting discussions of working practices, the use of which could involve the use of either socially responsible information or other forms of publicly available communications.
The employer can include such exclusions of liability in contracts of work. Every exclusion of liability should be made in clear text and clearly set out exemptions from the rules of non-disclosure, non-verification and the rules for non-publicity. In the area of societal affairs, however, AGC has declared that liability exclusions will not in themselves heal guidelines and practice that it and the Management Board would otherwise consider cool and compelling.
On the basis of such instances, the AGC has pointed out that an employers can train workers in a way that makes it clear that it will not affect their right to take up a concentrated protective work. Quicken was charged after the firm brought a suit against former associates for violation of the non-contact/no-solicitation and non-competition clauses in their contracts.
Before filing a complaint for enforcement of restrictions or non-disclosure clauses, an employer should check its own clauses to determine whether its clauses will stand up to NLRB scrutiny.