The NLRB says those guidelines restrict employees' rights to free speech and ordered Google to remove that section of the guidelines to encourage people to speak openly about their workplace issues and political views, the Journal reports.
The settlement does not guarantee that an ex-Google engineer, Kevin Cernekee, the complainant who says he was targeted for touting his political views, will be reinstated at the company, as he has requested.
Monetary compensation, if any, has not been disclosed.
NLRB declined to comment due to lack of legal clearance on related documents.Also on Thursday, Google confirmed it has reached a settlement in France to pay a large fine for tax evasion after a lengthy probe. The tech giant was ordered to pay $549 million in fines and $510 million in back taxes (€500 million and €465 million, respectively) for tax noncompliance. This ends an investigation that officially began about four years ago, as French authorities began cracking down on multinationals who declare profits in one EU country with low taxes, while being headquartered in another. Google declares most of its earnings in Ireland, reports say.
"We have now settled tax and related disputes in France that have persisted for many years. The settlements comprise a €500 million payment that was ordered today by a French court, as well as €465 million in additional taxes that we had agreed to pay, and that have been substantially reflected in our prior financial results. We continue to believe that the best way to provide a clear framework for companies that operate around the world is coordinated reform of the international tax system." - Google Spokesperson
Google closed up 1.23% at $1,234.97 Thursday.