eLABORate: NLRB Requires Employers To Post Unionization Rights Notices

August 30, 2011

On August 25th, The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a new rule requiring employers to post workplace notices informing employees of their unionization rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  The newly-required notices must inform workers of their right to join or not join a union, to bargain collectively, or alternatively, not to participate in union activities. 

The workplace notices must be posted by November 14, 2011. Copies of the notice will be made available via the NLRB’s website on or before November 1st. The notice will give examples of unlawful employer and union conduct and will instruct employees how to contact the NLRB with questions or complaints. 

The new rule, as it was initially drafted, would have required employers to distribute notices to employees through email or other electronic means. This requirement was removed, however, after the NLRB received over seven thousand comments, mostly in opposition to it.  However, employers who routinely post work notices to a website or other online portal are required to post the required notice there.