Tuesday, December 21, 2010

NLRB Proposes Rule to Require Posting of NLRA Rights

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has submitted to the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), similar to postings covering safety, wage and anti-discrimination laws. From the press release on the proposed rule:
As the Notice states, the Board “believes that many employees protected by the NLRA are unaware of their rights under the statute. The intended effects of this action are to increase knowledge of the NLRA among employees, to better enable the exercise of rights under the statute, and to promote statutory compliance by employers and unions.”

The proposed notice is similar to one recently finalized by the U.S. Department of Labor for federal contractors. It states 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 choose not to do 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.

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