Great! NLRB Issues Rule Requiring Most Employers To Post “Right To Join Union.”


In the latest action riling business groups and company lawyers, the National Labor Relations Board issued a rule requiring most private-sector employers to post notices informing workers of their rights, including the right to join a union.

Groups opposed to the rule, which becomes effective Nov. 14, complained it comes as the Obama administration says it’s trying to ease regulatory burdens on businesses. A failure to properly post the notice could be used as evidence against a company in an unfair labor practice case, law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius warned Thursday. Still, the board doesn’t have the authority to levy fines.

The rule is the latest in a string of NLRB actions that business groups say will unfairly give unions the upper-hand. The groups have accused the agency, run by Obama administration appointees, of trying to bolster unions and union-organizing efforts at the expense of companies.

The board received more than 7,000 public comments about this latest rule, many in opposition. Business groups are still fighting a separate NLRB proposal that would streamline and speed the pace of union organizing elections. That plan, which is still pending, generated 69,000  comments to the agency as of early this week.

The rule that will take effect in November will apply to employers bound by the National Labor Relations Act; employers of airline, railroad and agricultural workers are exempt. And in an apparent nod to ongoing concerns about the regulatory impact on small businesses, the board said it is exempting  “very small employers whose annual volume of business is not large enough to have a more than slight effect on interstate commerce.”  Source:  Melanie Trottman.  WSJ.com.

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Posted on August 26, 2011, in HR Management & Leadership., Labor Relations and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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