Labor pains: NLRB keeps turning out anti-business hits

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1. Arbitration agreements can’t ban class-action lawsuits. Continuing its string of pro-union actions, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled on Jan. 6 that employers cannot require their employees to sign arbitration agreements that ban workers from joining together to pursue employment-related legal claims in court or arbitration. Read more at www.theHRSpecialist.com/horton.

2. New rules will speed up union elections. As we warned last month, the NLRB issued final approval to new “quickie election” rules that could cut the time between the filing of an election petition and the actual voting—currently averaging about 38 days—by more than 50%. The rules take effect April 30. Read more at www.theHRSpecialist.com/unionvote. Expect a legal challenge.

3. Poster requirement delayed to April 30. The NLRB pushed back to April 30 the deadline for employers to display a new 11-by-17-inch workplace poster that notifies employees of their union rights. This second delay was caused by the pending business-backed lawsuit. Download the poster and read more at www.theHRSpecialist.com/unionposter.   

4. NLRB makes controversial recess appointments. President Obama re­­stored the NLRB’s quorum (and decision-making authority) last month by naming three new members. Business groups say the appointments were illegal. Read more at www.theHRSpecialist.com/recess.

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