Could NLRB Decision Deal Blow To MLM HYIP Stepfordland?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is about a policy at a healthcare facility, not an MLM. Even so, some MLMs HYIPs seek to enforce positivity rules, a circumstance that drives robotic thinking, also known as Stepfordianism.

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recommendedreading1We’re thinking the uber-bizarre Banners Broker “program” here, but Banners Broker hardly is the only HYIP “opportunity” that reaches across America and behaves as though North Korea’s dear leader Kim Jong-un is on the policy board.

What to do if you answer the phones/email for an MLM HYIP  and you sense something is seriously amiss with the “program” — but management has let it be known that the company has an enforceable positivity policy that gags “negative” talk and perhaps implies the enterprise must be protected at the exclusion of rational thought?

A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) went against a Michigan hospital that had the following prongs in its policy manual:

  • employees will not make “negative comments about our fellow team members,” including coworkers and managers.
  • employees will “represent [the Respondent] in the community in a positive and professional manner in every opportunity;”
  • employees “will not engage in or listen to negativity or gossip.”

If you work for an HYIP — and if the boss or bosses tell you to avoid reading all those negative blogs — perhaps its time to speak with a labor lawyer familiar with the case of Hills and Dales General Hospital.

JDSupra.com has a brief on the case.

Entrepreneur, via Yahoo, has a story on the decision: Turns Out It Is Illegal to Force Employees to Be Positive

MLM HYIPs create scores of Stepfordians enrolled as independent contractors. Banners Broker threatened earlier this year to gag negative members and seize their “earnings.” It also threatened to send out reliable Stepfordians to monitor members predisposed to behave like thinking, feeling human beings.

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