New “Union” Posting Required by November 14, 2011
A number of efforts have already been undertaken by the NLRB board to help make it easier for unions to organize in the private sector. One such effort was commenced in December 2010, when the NLRB proposed a rule that required all private sector employers to inform their employees about the employees’ rights to organize, as well as other related rights. Last week, in its latest effort to “level the playing field,” the NLRB turned that proposed rule into a Final Rule.
Under the Final Rule, effective November 14, 2011, private-sector employers whose workplaces fall under the National Labor Relations Act (note that this includes most employers, other than railroads and airlines covered by the Railway Labor Act and very small employers) will be required to post an NLRB employee rights notice where other workplace notices are typically posted. Also, employers who customarily post notices to employees regarding personnel rules or policies on an internet or intranet site will be required to post the Board’s notice on those sites as well.
Copies of the notice will be available from the Agency’s regional offices on or before November 1, and it may also be downloaded from the NLRB website, when it becomes available. The NLRB notice will state that employees have the right to act together to improve wages and working conditions, to form, join and assist a union, to bargain collectively with their employer, and to refrain from any of these activities. The notice will provide examples of unlawful employer and union conduct and instructs employees how to contact the NLRB with questions or complaints.
If you have any questions please contact us. These rules are federal and apply to every state.