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NLRB General Counsel Releases Memo on Ensuring Rights and Remedies for Immigrant Workers

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memorandum today to regional offices directing them to “zealously guard the right of immigrant workers to be free of immigration-related intimidation tactics that seek to silence employees, denigrate their right to act together to seek improved wages and working conditions, and thwart their willingness to report statutory violations.”

The memo also instructs regional offices to seek full and immediate remedies regarding immigration-related threats and retaliatory conduct at every stage of Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) cases, including seeking 10(j) injunctive relief. The NLRB will also pursue interagency collaboration with Homeland Security to support immigration relief for witnesses and victims of ULPs, and upon request by a charging party or witness, General Counsel Abruzzo will seek deferred action, parole, continued presence, U or T non-immigrant status, a stay of removal or other immigration relief that may be available.

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