NLRB Extends Deadline for Displaying Union-Rights’ Poster:
Employers now must post by January 31, 2012
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has postponed until Jan. 31, 2012, the implementation date for a new poster describing employee rights to join a union. The NLRB had originally required employers to display the poster in their workplaces by Nov. 14, 2011.
In a statement, the NLRB said the two-and-a-half-month delay was a response to questions “from businesses and trade organizations indicating uncertainty about which businesses fall under the Board’s jurisdiction.” An NLRB representative told the Wall Street Journal that “many private-sector employers mistakenly think they are excluded because they don’t have a unionized work force.”
The requirement to display the 11-by-17 inch “Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act” poster applies to all employers covered under the National Labor Relations Act whether they are unionized or not.
The NLRB rule does exempt many businesses which are clients of HR Insights, including:
- Organizations that exclusively use independent contractors,
- Retail organizations with annual sales below $500,000,
- Non-retail organizations with less than $50,000 in goods or services provided by the employer out-of-state (outflow) or purchased by the employer from out-of-state (inflow), and
- Organizations that fall below specific industry-based thresholds for gross annual volume.
Between now and the end of January, the NLRB will work to educate employers about the poster requirement.