Chicago labor and employment partner Stephanie Gournis was recently quoted in a Human Resource Executive Online article titled, “Hitting Pause on Workplace-Recording Policies.” The article discusses a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that said Whole Foods Market Inc.’s no recording-policies violates employees’ protected rights.
Stephanie said that she doesn't see the decision as surprising, and that it falls in line with the board's March 18 memo on employee handbook policies, which labels blanket restrictions on the use of recording devices and photographs as prohibitive of the National Labor Relations Act's Section 7 rights.
"Employers have been given fair warning that the NLRB will very aggressively prosecute policies not narrowly tailored to address very specific and identifiable interests," she added. "With Whole Foods, they tried to justify a ban on videotaping based on what most would consider to be a very laudable purpose of wanting to promote open communication and discussions in the workplace."
Read the rest of Stephanie’s comments in: “Hitting Pause on Workplace-Recording Policies.”