NLRB: Expecting Positive Attitudes at Work Is Illegal

Can construction companies and other organizations include positive attitude in job descriptions and policies? “The National Labor Relations Board says that workplace policies requiring employees to behave in a ‘positive and professional manner’ actually violate federal law,” writes Ray Hennessy, editorial director at “One employer, a non-union hospital, set up a workplace policy that expressly banned ‘negativity or gossip.’ What’s more, the hospital said employees had to represent the hospital ‘in a positive and professional manner.’” The NLRB ruled that this could limit protected activities, such as political speech.

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