Private-Sector Employers Required to Post Notice of Rights under the National Labor Relations Act

On August 30, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a Final Rule imposing a new posting requirement on most private-sector employers – the requirement to post an 11-by-17-inch poster which explicitly advises employees of certain rights under the National Labor Relations Act.  Employers must be in compliance with this mandatory posting requirement by January 31, 2012.
 
The poster, which can be found at www.nlrb.gov, must be placed in locations where the employer customarily posts personnel rules and policies. Additionally, if twenty percent of the workforce is not proficient in English and speaks a language other than English, the employer must post the notice in that language.  If the employer customarily communicates with its employees about personnel rules or policies via an intranet or internet site, the employer must also post a notice on the same.
           
Though this Final Rule affects a majority of private-sector employers, companies conducting less than $50,000.00 of business across state lines may be exempt from this Rule if the company only has a slight impact on interstate commerce.   
 
Failure to comply with this Rule could subject employers to a complaint of unfair labor practices and legal action by the NLRB. If you have any questions about complying with this posting requirement or any other employment law matter(s), contact one of the employment law attorneys at Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker, LLP.
 
For further information see:
 
https://www.nlrb.gov/news/board-issues-final-rule-require-posting-nlra-rights
 
http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/08/30/2011-21724/notification-of-employee-rights-under-the-national-labor-relations-act
 
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