All Employers Now Required to Post Notice of Employees’ Unionization Rights

August 26, 2011

On August 25, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final rule that requires all employers subject to the National Labor Relations Act to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by November 14, 2011.1  The notice will be required to be posted where other workplace notices are typically posted. Also, employers who customarily post notices to employees regarding personnel rules or policies on an internet or intranet site will be required to post the Board’s notice on those sites.

The notice states that employees have the right to act together to improve wages and working conditions, to form, join and assist a union, to bargain collectively with their employer, and to refrain from 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 11-by-17 inch notice is available for downloading from the NLRB’s website. Translated versions will also be available and must be posted at workplaces where at least 20% of the employees are not proficient in English.

1 The NLRA applies to all employers with the exception of government or union employers, companies that primarily have a municipal function and religious schools.