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Oregon Captive Audience Law Blocked by Federal Law: NLRB (1)

Feb. 10, 2020, 6:23 PMUpdated: Feb. 10, 2020, 11:26 PM

An Oregon law protecting workers from retaliation for skipping company-sponsored meetings on religious or political topics, including those related to unions, conflicts with a federal labor law and should be struck down, according to the National Labor Relations Board.

The National Labor Relations Act gives employers the right to require attendance at meetings to present management views about unions, the NLRB said in a Feb. 7 lawsuit filed in federal court.

Oregon is the only state that has enacted a “captive audience” law to address compulsory workplace gatherings in which employers convey their views on labor organizing. Wisconsin and New ...