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NLRB releases rules for recently enacted ‘ambush’ elections

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has released guidance on how its new, controversial “ambush” election rules will work, and the procedures are as bad as many employers feared.

The new rules, which went into effect April 14, dramatically speed up the time between initial filing of a union election petition and actual balloting.

In the past, that generally took more than a month. Now it can happen in as few as 13 days.

Critics say that stacks the deck against employers that want their workplaces to remain union-free because it provides little time to persuade employees to vote against union representation.

The new guidance memorandum from the NLRB’s general counsel also allows electronic filing of election petitions imposes new posting requirements on employers and requires employers to share detailed contact information on all employees eligible to vote.

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