The National Labor Relations Act (NLRB)

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has attempted to bring employer’s restrictions of employees’ off-duty speech and conduct under the purview of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA guarantees both union and nonunion employees the right to self-organization and to ‘engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or mutual aid protection’. This has led the NLRB to file legislations attempting to protect employees from reprisal for lawful off-duty conduct (Sanchez-Abril et al., 2012, 92-93). Due to the NLRB looking to protect union members, it is pushing employers to put in place policies within the collective bargaining agreements that addressed use of social networks both on- and off-duty.…show more content…
Fuels, Fieseler and Suphan (2014) found that unintended can have serious consequences for an individual’s well-being, both economically and socio-emotionally. Employment not only is a means to earn a living but also structures the day and facilitates the development of social relationships (552). With many public sector terminations being highlighted in the media many social relationships are lost and it becomes life changing. Many of those employees are forced to change careers due to the media highlighting who was involved and causing for many to hold a “black spot” on their names and records for long periods of time. Fuels et al. (2014) also found a correlation between unemployment and feelings of uselessness, consciousness and loneliness which caused the unemployed to move away from close networks towards an ‘individualization’ of the self (553); as well as, many avoiding social networks for it being too much of a risk, reasons of privacy, security or feelings or impersonality or purposelessness (556 & 561). These are reasonable responses to these type of unemployed, not only for personal reasons, but it also becomes a separation from constantly seeing the repercussions of their decisions. Unfortunately with media highlighting the cases, it becomes a way to escape the constant reminder and possible embarrassment once these situations are publicized and from the unwanted comments of those who were once “friends”. Unemployment in both the private and public sectors is one of the most difficult times in a person’s life and causes many to life changing

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