From Quality Circles to Self-Managed Work Teams: Are Employee Teams Legal in the United States?

Authors: Riordan, C.M.1; Weatherly, E.W.2

Source: Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Volume 12, Number 3, September 2000 , pp. 121-139(19)

Publisher: Springer

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This paper focuses on the legal status of employee teams, such as quality circles, that are commonly used within organizations in the United States. At present, the National Labor Relation Act (the Act), which governs labor–management relations, also has direct implications for the types of employee teams that can be legally implemented within organizations. This paper reviews the governing sections of the Act and analyzes how they apply to the use of employee teams. Suggestions for avoiding or dealing with illegally formed employee teams are offered.

Keywords: National Labor Relations Act; employee participation; employee teams

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Management, Terry College of Business, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. 2: Department of Management and Marketing, School of Administrative Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama

Publication date: September 1, 2000

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