Target handbook unlawfully discouraged union activity, NLRB says

Store must hold another union election, company must revise certain policies

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is continuing to crack down on employee handbooks. Its latest target was, well, Target.

Confirming the ruling of an administrative law judge, the board recently found that a Target store on Long Island, N.Y. violated the National Labor Relations Act with its handbook, which discouraged protected union activity. Specifically, the board frowned upon a no-solicitation policy that banned distribution of literature and other soliciting for commercial purposes, personal profit or non-sanctioned charities. The NLRB said that workers could “reasonably construe” the policy to prohibit union solicitation as well.

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