Menard Inc. agrees to change policies violating labor laws

 Associated Press

April 28, 2016

MADISON Menard Inc. has agreed to change some practices after the National Labor Relations Board found it was violating federal labor law.

The board found in April that the Eau Claire-based retailer has been improperly requiring employees to sign mandatory-arbitration agreements that bar them from engaging in class-action lawsuits. The board also found that Menards has withheld merit pay raises for workers engaged in protected union activities.

In a settlement agreement with the board Wednesday, Menards agrees to rectify those issues.

Seth Goldstein, a representative with the Office and Professional Employees International Union who filed the initial complaint with the board, called it a major victory for employees.

A company spokeswoman said Menards had no immediate comment Wednesday afternoon.