New NLRB standards will require even more employee handbook updates. (My kids’ college funds thank you.)

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It was bound to happen sooner or later, tbh.

As Presidents change from Democrat to Republican to Democrat, the complexion of the five-member (well, four now) National Labor Relations Board flips from union-friendly to management-friendly to union-friendly. And as the pendulum swings hard one way or the other, big “precedential” decisions from one Board get reversed and reinstated.

Take employee handbooks, for example. In 2017, the “Trump Board” undid an “Obama Board” ruling by establishing a new standard for workplace policies with this opinion. Under the earlier standard, handbook rules that an employee could “reasonably construe” to prohibit

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