Professional Service Agreement

Court Rules Employers Must Post Union Rights

March 09, 2012

As you will recall, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last year issued a Final Rule that would require employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

The poster notice 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 refrain from any of these activities. It also provides examples of unlawful employer and union conduct and instructs employees how to contact the NLRB with questions and complaints.

After multiple delays in the implementation date and lawsuits filed by business groups seeking to block implementation of the posting requirement, on March 2, 2012 the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the NLRB did not exceed its authority in promulgating the notice posting requirement. Therefore, the notice posting requirement will remain effective, and private employers should plan to post the notice by April 30, 2012.

A laminated version of the NLRA poster is available from SESCO for $9.95 by clicking HERE or calling our office. No change is required in our 5-in-1 or 6-in-1 federal poster.

For employers wishing to remain union-free, SESCO has several options available including training for managers, employee opinion surveys, and our Union Awareness/Avoidance Manual.

If we may be of assistance, contact Bill Ford at 423-764-4127 or by email at