Another Maryland County Bans the Box

Prince George’s County is the latest Maryland County to hop on the Ban the Box bandwagon. Starting January 20, 2015, employers with at least twenty-five full-time employees in Price George’s County (MD) are prohibited from asking an applicant about his or her criminal record until the conclusion of the applicant’s first interview. Once the Council’s… More

Unions Get Access to Company Email under Purple Communications – Companies See Red

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (the “NLRA”) guarantees employees “the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations… and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.” In Purple Communications, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 126 (2014), the National Labor Relations… More

Shulman Rogers’ Most Recent Employment Alert

Employment Law Alert MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND D.C. “BAN THE BOX” Montgomery County is the latest local jurisdiction to “ban the box.” Montgomery County’s law prohibits private employers from making inquiries about an applicant’s criminal record on an employment application or through another medium (such as a consumer reporting agency) until the conclusion of the applicant’s… More

Amazon’s Hush Policy Is No Good Under the NLRA

Amazon recently reached a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) in which it agreed to rescind certain work rules that prohibited workers from sharing compensation information. Amazon’s former policy prohibited employees from discussing wages and other terms and conditions of employment –a violation of the National Labor Relations Act. Interestingly, although Amazon has… More