‘Thanks To Trump, Your Boss Can Now Search Your Car’- NLRB Gave Employers Permission ‘To Search Your Personal’ Property
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has given employers a sweeping ability to increase surveillance on their Employees, overturning years of Labor Law that protected the privacy of Workers.
In late June, the NLRB issued a ruling that expanded an employer’s right to surveil their workforce. In the decision, the NLRB said employers have the right to search their employees’ personal property while they are on the company’s property.
This would include allowing a boss to search someone’s car, locker, or personal workspace.
The NLRB also said a company can track Employee activity on company-provided devices, networks and computer systems.
The ruling, which will be known as Verizon Wireless, applied the Boeing Rule which said that companies can institute policies that govern what is and is not allowed in the workplace.
In the Boeing case, the NLRB specifically looked at whether the company could enforce a No Camera Policy.
This is a huge expansion of an employer’s rights.
Under this decision, a boss who thinks a workforce is organizing would legally be allowed to search every Employee's car for information on an organizing effort or for signed Union Cards.
While a Union would still be able to file a grievance against the company if an Employee was punished after one of these searches, employers will always have an argument to get around this.
And, employers will now also use these searches to intimidate their Employees.
The expansion of a boss's right to search an employee’s property also raises numerous privacy concerns.
According to the ruling, as long as an employer takes reasonable, common-sense measures to ensure the safety and security of its property and its personnel in the workplace, the search is legal.
One would have to wonder how far that goes.
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