In a recent article in this blog, we reported that as of November 14, 2011, many employers would be required to post the new employee rights notice regarding employees right to organize.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has now postponed the implementation date for its new employee rights notice-posting rule until January 31, 2012 in order to allow for improved education and outreach to employers, particularly those who operate small and medium sized businesses.
The postponement was a result of uncertainty regarding which businesses fall under the Board’s jurisdiction, and was done, according to board members, with the goal of encouraging broad voluntary compliance. As a result of the postponement, it appears that most private sector employers will now be required to post the 11-by-17-inch notice beginning on January 31, 2012.
The notice is available at no cost from the NLRB through its website, either by downloading and printing or ordering a print by mail. Copies also are available from any of the agency’s regional offices. As we noted in the original article, employers should publish a link to the notice on an internal or external website if other personnel policies or workplace notices are posted there. And they are required to post the notice in a foreign language if that langauge is used by employees in that business.
For further information about the employee rights notice posting, including a detailed discussion of which employers are covered by the NLRA, please see the NLRB’s Frequently Asked Questions.