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NLRB General Counsel Pushes for Broader Access to Employer E-Mail Systems

Gerald Lutkus

Gerald F. Lutkus

Of Counsel (Retired)

NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin pushed onward this week with his stated agenda of overturning prior NLRB precedent to legitimize employee use of company email systems for union organizing activity as well as other protected concerted activities. On Monday of this week, the General Counsel filed his brief in the Purple Communications case now pending before the Board. In that brief, Griffin called for the Board to overturn its previous decision in Register-Guard and hold that employees should be allowed to use company email systems during nonwork periods to exercise their rights to organize under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. The GC’s brief stated that "The board should hold that employees who use their employer's electronic communications systems to perform their work have a statutory right to use those systems for Section 7 purposes during nonwork time, absent a showing of special circumstances relating to the employer's need to maintain production and discipline." A copy of the GC’s brief is available here.


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