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NLRB orders employers to post notice of employee rights

By Stacey Mark
August 30, 2011

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a final rule that will require most private-sector employers to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), starting November 14, 2011.  Exceptions exist for certain small employers with an annual income less than the specified jurisdictional amount.  Failure to post the required notice will be deemed an unfair labor practice. 

Notices must be posted, in a size and with language prescribed by the NLRB, that inform employees of their rights under the NLRA, contact information for the NLRB, and information concerning basic enforcement procedures.  The notice must be posted in a conspicuous place, including places where other personnel rules or policies are customarily posted.  Employers must also post the notice on an Intranet or Internet site if the employer customarily communicates with employees about personnel rules or policies by such means.  If 20 percent or more of the employer’s workforce is not proficient in English and speaks a language other than English, the notice must be posted in the language the employees speak.  Postings in multiple languages may be required, depending on the numbers of languages spoken by the employees.  The specific contents of the notice can be found in the Appendix to Subpart A of the final rule, starting at page 185.

Notices will be made available to the public free of charge at NLRB regional offices or by download from the NLRB website.