For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly Hoffman 202-314-2054 or Kelly.Hoffman@NFIB.org
NFIB Files Brief in NLRB Battle over E-Mail Use
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 17, 2014 - Yesterday, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which NFIB is a leading member, filed an amicus brief with the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) arguing that the Board should not reverse Register-Guard. Executive Director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center Karen Harned issued the following statement in response to the filing.
“If the NLRB reverses Register-Guard it would be handing unions a potent organizing tool, and more broadly, would be restricting employer property rights. A reversal would also hurt small business owners in a manner that will make it more difficult to provide oversight over employees, which will make it harder to ensure that employees remain productive during working time. Employers would also face new liability for employee misuse of employer-provided communication channels, along with increased risks of overloading employers’ email systems or exposing them to viruses. Employers have a right to ensure that their electronic communication systems are used solely for business purposes. We urge the NLRB to reject the General Counsel’s efforts to have Register Guard overruled."
The NFIB Small Business Legal Center is a 501(c)(3) organization created to protect the rights of America's small business owners by providing advisory material on legal issues and by ensuring that the voice of small business is heard in the nation's courts. The National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals.