OnLabor News & Commentary - Oct 13, 2021
Published by: OnLabor | Date: October 13 2021
On Tuesday, former Apple employee Ashley Gjovik filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleging that certain company policies and statements from management that restrict disclosure of internal company information violate federal labor laws. At issue are several provisions in Apple’s employee handbook that allegedly bar disclosing “business information,” speaking to reporters, revealing co-workers’ compensation, and using “vulgar” language on social media. Moreover, in an all-staff memo circulated last September, Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook doubled down on the company’s strict no-disclosure rules, going so far as to say that “we do not tolerate disclosures of confidential information, whether it’s product IP or the details of a confidential meeting.” Although Gjovik’s complaint would likely be unavailing under NLRB precedent set by the Board’s Trump-era Republican majority, her case now charts a path for President Biden’s NLRB appointees to displace such precedent in favor of a more prolabor standard....
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