Joyce Gist Lewis spoke at the Primerus International Summit in New York City on a panel titled Navigating the Changing Employment Law Landscape. Her panel covered several key points, including the recent McLaren Macomb NLRB decision, what employers are impacted by the decision, and the effect of the decision on future and existing employment separation agreements. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) is a federal law that protects the rights of most private-sector employees to address or improve working conditions. Click here for more information on the NLRA.
Joyce concluded her presentation by providing practical guidance for employers on how to deal with recent changes to the law on separation agreements. Among other matters, she recommended that:
- Employers should consult with their in-house counsel or other trusted legal professionals on whether they are covered by the NLRA.
- Employers should seek advice as to what changes should be made to future separation agreements to comply with the new guidance from the NLRB, as well as anticipated rule changes from the Fair Trade Commission. Click here to learn more about the impending FTC restrictive rule changes and what employers need to know.
- Employers should analyze whether they are required to give notice to former employees regarding the enforceability (or non-enforceability) of existing agreements in the wake of the new NLRB guidance.
It is crucial for employers to be vigilant and stay informed on employment law changes and take proactive steps to mitigate risk and promote a positive workplace culture. By following practical guidance and implementing best practices, employers can protect their business from enforcement actions and possible litigation.