Bullying has become a hot topic in the press, mainly in schools. However, as the problem becomes more well-known, and as employees learn to put a name to the conduct, bullying is becoming more of an issue in the workplace. Workplace bullying is usually seen as repeated instances of mistreatment of co-workers by verbal abuse, work interference, threatening, humiliating or intimidating conduct. Some examples include threats of violence, blackmail, excluding an employee from activities, purposefully ignoring his or her work or contributions and spreading rumors about a co-worker. Continue reading “Bullying In The Workplace – Address It Now Or Pay Later”
On Monday March 24, 2014 the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed the National Labor Relations Board’s decision that nonunion employer FlexFrac Logistics LLC violated the NLRA by maintaining a confidentiality policy that barred workers from discussing “personnel” or “confidential” information with anyone outside the organization.
The Fifth Circuit held that the NLRB was not unreasonable when it found that employees could construe the policy as prohibiting them from discussing their wages in violation of Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Continue reading “Fifth Circuit Holds that Confidentiality Agreement Prohibiting Disclosure of Financial and Personnel Information Violates NLRA”