Make room for another poster on your breakroom wall.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced last month that most private employers will soon have to display a new poster in their workplaces that notifies employees of their right to form or join a union.
Starting Nov. 14, 2011, employers will be required to display an 11-by-17-inch version of the poster “where other workplace notices are typically posted.”
Also, if you typically put notices about personnel policies on a company website or internal network, you’ll be required to post the union notice there, too.
The requirement, which was first proposed last December, “represents the latest move by the Obama administration designed to improve the atmosphere for union organizing,” according to a statement by the Morgan Lewis law firm.
The poster is available for download on the NLRB website at www.nlrb.gov/poster. Paper copies are available at NLRB regional offices.
The poster’s content is similar to the one that federal contractors have been required to display since June 2010. (Find a link to that contractor poster, plus a free download of the new poster at www.theHRSpecialist.com/unionposter.)
The poster states that employees have the right to act together to improve wages, to form or join a union and to bargain collectively with their employer—and to choose not to do any of these activities. It provides examples of unlawful employer and union conduct and instructs employees how to contact the NLRB with questions or complaints.
The requirement will apply to all employers covered under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA applies to most private-sector workplaces (see exceptions in box below).
Note: If 20% or more of your workforce isn’t proficient in English, you’ll have to display a version of the poster in that foreign language. The NLRB said it will provide translated versions of the poster.
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