Workers and their families who need help with their career or personal development might not be aware of their options, experts said Tuesday.
The National Labor Relations Board has banned employers from using the term “job seekers” or “job creators” as an excuse for not hiring them.
In a new ruling, the board ruled that employers have the right to use those terms to refer to job seekers, regardless of their status as job seekers.
“The term ‘job seekers’ is a common and commonly accepted term, and the use of the term does not violate the NLRB’s mandate that it ‘apply a reasonable standard of care to assure that the terms used by employers are reasonably related to the purpose for which the terms are used,'” the NLB said in a statement.
The ruling, though, does not prohibit employers from referring to job creators as “job holders,” the same term that the board uses to refer directly to job applicants.
“It does not address the right of employers to refer workers to other jobs,” the board said.
“It does nothing to address the need for employers to disclose the nature of the work to employees.”
The board’s ruling is the latest setback for employers who say they need to keep workers in line.
President Donald Trump signed a bill in May allowing workers to unionize for the first time.
The measure also gives workers the right in most cases to sue employers over workplace discrimination.
The bill also includes language barring employers from punishing employees who take on new jobs or change jobs.