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NLRB to Require Employers to Post Workers’ Rights


January 3,2011

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The National Labor Relations Board proposed a new rule this month that would require businesses to inform employees of their workplace rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

In a statement the Board says that many employees protected by the National Labor Relations Act are unaware of their rights, and it hopes this action will increase awareness of their rights on the job.

Under the proposed rule, employers will be required to post workers’ rights notices in a public place – just as they do with minimum wage, safety and anti-discrimination laws.

The NLRB says the notices would inform workers that they 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 choose not to do 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.


A similar regulation was recetly finalized for federal contractors. The rule will not take effect for at least 60 days while the board accepts public comments.

Says IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill:


In order for workers to freely exercise their rights on the job, they need to know what their rights are in the first place. The NLRB has made an important step in helping to educate employees on their workplace rights.


Click here for a fact sheet on the proposed rule.

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