Thursday, August 25, 2011

NLRB Requires Employers to Advise Workers of Union Rights

The National Labor Relations Board announced today that it has issued a final rule requiring employers to notify employees, beginning on November 14, 2011, of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.  Board Chairman Wilma Liebman, along with Members Gaston Pearce and Craig Becker, approved the rule.  Member Brian Hayes dissented.

Private-sector employers whose workplaces are subject to the National Labor Relations Act will be required to post the employee rights notice where other workplace notices are typically posted.  Also, employers that 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.

The notice, which is similar to one required by the U. S. Department of Labor for federal contractors, states that employees have the right to act together to improve wages and working conditions, to form, join and assist unions, to bargain collectively with their employer, or to refrain from any of these activities.  It provides examples of unlawful employer and union conduct and instructs employees how to contact the NLRB with questions or complaints.  The rule also requires that the notice be posted in certain foreign languages, depending on the language(s) spoken by at least 20% of the employer’s workforce who are not proficient in English.

A fact sheet with further information about the rule can be found here.

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