More on NLRB Member Flynn’s Resignation: Abigail Rubinstein of Law360 (paid) writes that Flynn’s resignation "sets the stage for another high-stakes political confrontation between the president and Congress over the board’s composition, even as the fight over previous appointments continues in the courts." Meanwhile, William McQuillen writes in Bloomberg Businessweek that the four other Board members worked out an agreement that led Flynn to resign after the agency’s watchdog said he violated ethics rules in releasing non-public information.McQuillen also notes that the White House had no comment regarding a possible replacement for Flynn.
Social Media: Jeffrey Berman and Erin Foley of Human Resource Executive Online navigate the legal ambiguities of social media and claim that the National Labor Relations Board, itself, maintains a social media policy that, according to the NLRB’s Acting General Counsel, would reasonably tend to chill employees in the exercise of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.
New Union-Member Privilege: The Chestertown Spy reports that Maryland passed a new law that would protect from disclosure information a union received in confidence from a union member during grievance proceedings by extending:
the confidentiality clause applied to relationships between physicians and patients, psychologists and patients, clergy and parishioners, and attorneys and clients to unions and employees.
The law goes into effect October 1, 2012.