New Employee Rights Notices Needed Soon

The majority of private-sector employers will need to publicly post notices of employee rights, as detailed under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), in their offices beginning on Nov. 14, 2011, under a new rule announced by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Aug. 30.

Although there was significant opposition from the business community, the NLRB finalized the rule, noting that “many employees protected by the NLRA are unaware of their rights under the statute” and adding that the rule “will increase knowledge of the NLRA among employees, in order to better enable the exercise of rights under the statute.”

The new notice is similar to one required by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for federal contractors. The NLRA notice must be posted “in conspicuous places where they are readily seen by employees, including all places where notices to employees concerning personnel rules or policies are customarily posted,” and a similar notice must be posted online in some cases. Translated versions of the poster are required in workplaces where at least 20 percent of employees speak a language other than English.

Since credit unions are not specifically excluded from the NLRA’s definition of “employer,” they will be subject to these rules. However, the notification requirement would not apply to agricultural, railroad and airline workplaces, and U.S. Postal Service outlets are also exempt from the requirements for the time being.  For more information, visit the fact sheet published on the NLRB’s website.


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