The National Labor Relations Board has determined social media rules in Costco’s employee manual violate the rights of union workers under the National Labor Relations Act because the policies prohibited protected activities. See article posted by the Resnick Law Group, P.C., on The New Jersey Employment Law Firm Blog on November 9, 2012.
Employee manuals can be a problem for businesses without union employees, too. In addition to the risk of adopting policies which violate governmental laws and regulations, employee manuals can constitute binding contracts between the employer and employee. Business owners must be very careful when adopting employee policy manuals. Downloading employee manuals and other legal documents from the internet can lead to expensive problems. One also needs to be careful hiring non-lawyer consultants for such documents.
By Robert Hawkinson