NLRB Won't Reverse Worker Email Usage Standard

Law360, New York (March 27, 2017, 6:01 PM EDT) -- The National Labor Relations Board on Friday refused Purple Communications Inc.'s bid to reconsider its landmark ruling that gave workers a green light to use work email for labor law-protected purposes, over a dissent from Acting Chairman Phil Miscimarra, who said businesses should be allowed to lawfully control their own information systems.

NLRB members Lauren McFerran and Mark Gaston Pearce upheld a 3-2 ruling from December 2014 in which the majority said that workers who are given access to their employer's email system must be presumptively permitted to use it on nonworking time for activity protected by the National Labor Relations...

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