Recent National Labor Relations Board rulings involving renowned jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co. and a Verizon subsidiary point to a new challenge to employer policies meant to protect confidential and proprietary company information.

Earlier this month, Steven Davis, an administrative law judge with the NLRB, told Tiffany & Co. that its policies were “overly broad” and prevent its employees from exercising their rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Similarly, Cellco Partnership, which does business as Verizon Wireless, faced a similar fate when William Nelson Cates, associate chief judge, stated in July that it too had “overly broad work rules” in its employee’s code of conduct.

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