NLRB Postpones to January 2012 Requirement to Post Notice of Workers’ Rights to Organize

On October 5, 2011, the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced that it would postpone until January 31, 2012 the effective date of a new rule requiring most private sector employers to post a printed notice of employees’ rights to organize and bargain collectively with their employers, and to engage in other protected concerted activity. See Press Release, Posting of employee rights notice now required on Jan. 31; Board postpones deadline to allow for further education and outreach (Oct. 5, 2011). The requirement, which had been scheduled to take effect on November 14, 2011, characterizes an employer’s failure to post the prescribed 11-by-7-inch notice as an unfair labor practice under Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act.

In its announcement of the postponement, the NLRB explained that–

The decision to extend the rollout period followed queries from businesses and trade organizations indicating uncertainty about which businesses fall under the Board’s jurisdiction, and was made in the interest of ensuring broad voluntary compliance. No other changes in the rule, or in the form or content of the notice, will be made.

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