“NLRB restores sanity to its rules on employee handbooks and joint employment”

Some seriously good news, finally, from the National Labor Relations Board, which had hurtled left in recent years but now has a majority of Republican appointees: 1) it overturned its notorious Browning-Ferris rule, which had threatened to impose liability on companies allegedly responsible for the working conditions of employees of other firms, as in franchise and outsourcing contexts; 2) it announced in Boeing Co. that it would drop a standard under which it had found unlawful, as interferences with NLRA rights of collective action, various widely used employer handbook policies on subjects “from confidentiality, to insubordination, to the use of company logos, to photography bans, and to conflict-of-interest rules.” [Jon Hyman]

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