NLRB Finally Approves a Civility Policy

The General Counsel has determined that, pursuant to the NLRB’s landmark Boeing Co. balancing test, an employer’s rule entitled “commitment to my coworkers,” which required employees to “accept responsibility for establishing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships,” to speak with coworkers directly and “promptly” about problems between them rather than speaking with others, to not complain about coworkers, and to “find solutions to problems rather than complaining about them or blaming someone for them” was a lawful “category 1” rule.


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