Banner Health System v. NLRB, No. 15-1245 (D.C. Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
The Board concluded that Banner unlawfully barred its workers from sharing information about salaries and employee discipline. The Board also determined that Banner unlawfully maintained a categorical policy of asking employees not to discuss certain kinds of human resources investigations. The Board reasoned that such investigative nondisclosure policies may only be applied on a case-by-case basis following a threshold determination that confidentiality was necessary to the particular investigation. Banner petitioned for review. The court concluded that the Board's invalidation of the Confidentiality Agreement was reasonable and supported by substantial evidence. Therefore, the court granted the Board's application for enforcement on this issue. However, because the record lacked substantial evidence that Banner actually maintained a categorical investigative nondisclosure policy, the court granted the petition for review and denied enforcement as to that portion of the Board's Order.