Tips From the Trenches: Vol. 3 UPDATE
Article: Smart Money Access
The NLRB has postponed the new poster requirements until 1/31/2012. The NLRB states in a 10/5/2011 press release that more time is needed for enhanced education and outreach to employers, particularly small and medium sized business.
Interestingly, 2 lawsuits filed to challenge the poster requirement were not mentioned in the press release. The original article appears below in case you missed it.
NLRB After You!
“Huh? But I only have small work force.” Yes, I know. Reading the National Labor Relations Board’s most recent new power grab at small business caused me pause, as a small business owner. New poster rules reach right down to the heart of small business. Non-retail businesses generating $50K gross revenue, retail shops generating $500K gross revenue, construction companies generating $500K gross revenue, and virtually all other businesses except agricultural employers, airlines and railroads must post new NLRB posters as of November 14, 2011.
This is not just any mumbo-jumbo poster–it’s a poster that informs employees at the smallest businesses that they have a right to unionize. Download your free poster here so that you can comply.
Many of the steps that employers may want to take to remain union free or to prevent its work force union from expanding must be taken before any union organizing occurs.
Read the FAQ at the NRLB’s website to learn more information about this important issue.
If you don’t comply with the posting requirements, you will be opening yourself up to the possibility of an unfair labor practice charge by employees, unions, or other persons. If an employer knowingly and willfully fails to post the Notice, that failure may be considered evidence of unlawful motive in an unfair labor practice case involving other alleged violations of the National Labor Relations Act.