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Another skirmish in war against NLRB poster

That much-discussed National Labor Relations Board poster — you remember, the one that will tell your employees how to unionize — faces a new court challenge.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce have filed a joint lawsuit asking a federal district court to block the NLRB requirement that all employers post The Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act.

The Chambers’ suit, filed in Charleston, SC, follows a similar action filed by the National Association of Manufacturers in a Washington, DC, federal court.

Both suits pose pretty much the same argument: The NLRB overstepped its authority when it issued an order to employers to post the notice.

Will courts act before compliance deadline?

As things stand now, employers are required to post the notice in “conspicuous places (where it can be) readily seen by employees, including all places where notices to employees … are customarily posted.”

If the employer uses a company intranet to communicate with its workforce, the notice must be available there, as well.

Deadline for compliance is  Nov. 14 — if the courts don’t intervene.

We’ll keep you posted. For a look at the Chambers’ suit, go here.

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  • Jim Kennedy

    I’ve been in the field for 45 years and must say this is a big to-do about nothing. The notice simply describes the legal rights of employees and the legal obligations of employers. This is no different from an EEO notice, a workers’ comp rights notice or a minimum wage notice.

    Describing it as a “how to organize” notice severely overstates its language.

  • The previous commenter misses the point. One more unnecessary requirement from the government which would allow government bureaucrats to cite a company with a violation. Enforcement of this type of regulation is a waste of taxpayer money.

  • CM

    I agree with Richard, as I do not need more regulation from the government. What other government entities will be next in deciding that they have the power to demand us to post notices and penalize us if we do not comply?

  • Glenn

    I don’t know what employees will need a union for anyways. The government has been acting like a union for employees for years. Minimum Wage, FMLA, National Health Care, the list has and will continue to go on and on. This latest is just one more hoop for companies to jump through. If the government would get out of the way American business and the American people would prosper.

  • Common Sense

    Hey Jim, If it is a such a big to-do about nothing, why are the NLRB political hacks (and their union cronies) so insistent about trying to force it down business’ throats.

  • MMAN

    I totally agree with Jim. If there is anything that will draw attention to the “how to unionize” posters it will be the panic striken businesses.

    To Glenn
    If it were not for the government intervening in business, we would still be a “triangle shirtwaist” society. So don’t tell me that if government would get out of the way we would prosper.

  • Laura

    The Union had its time. Now it is nothing more than keeping the guy on top rich. Talk about “Corporate Greed”, look at the ones running the Union. They are a joke. I grew up in a union town, and while they were needed to be put in place, now all they do is protect the dummies & keep the lazy, lazy. They harm more businesses with their trivial crap it’s ridiculous. I have been on both sides of the union, and they need to go.