NLRB Delays Posting Deadline to January 31, 2012

October 11, 2011

On October 5 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced it is postponing until January 31, 2012 the implementation date for the new poster describing employee rights to join a union. As we previously communicated, the NLRB had originally required employers to display the poster in their workplaces by November 14, 2011.

In a statement, the NLRB said the delay was a response to "queries from businesses and trade organizations indicating uncertainty about which businesses fall under the Board's jurisdiction. Many private-sector employers mistakenly think they are excluded because they don't have a unionized work force." Between now and the end of January, the NLRB will work to educate employers about the poster requirement.

Business groups including the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business have filed lawsuits seeking to block implementation of the poster requirement. They contend the NLRB overstepped its authority by mandating what the groups say is a blatantly pro-union message.

SESCO suggests providing training to leadership prior to the posting date to ensure they are prepared to answer employee inquiries about the posting and state the company's position on unions.

If we may be of assistance, contact Bill Ford at 423-764-4127 or by email at bill@sescomgt.com .