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NLRB and CFPB Announce New Partnership to Address Employer Surveillance, Monitoring, Data Collection, and Employer-Driven Debt Practices in the Workplace

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo and Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) creating a formal partnership between the two agencies to address practices of employer surveillance, monitoring, data collection, and employer-driven debt, which can include a worker going into debt with their employers for required training or the purchase of equipment and supplies.

Under the agreement the agencies will “closely collaborate on related efforts” by sharing information, conducting cross-training for staff at each agency, and partnering on investigative efforts within each agency’s authority. NLRB General Counsel Abruzzo said the NLRB is “excited to work with CFPB to strengthen our whole-of-government approach and ensure that employers obey the law and workers are able to fully and freely exercise their rights without interference or adverse consequences.”

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