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New Federal NLRA Poster Required -- Failure to Post Constitutes Unfair Labor Practice

On August 25, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final rule requiring most private-sector employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Under the final rule, employers must display the new federal posting by November 14, 2011 to remain in compliance. Failure to post the notice will be considered an unfair labor practice.

In addition to providing examples of unlawful employer and union conduct and informing employees how to contact the NLRB with questions or complaints, the notice states that employees have the right to:

  • organize, form, join or assist a union
  • bargain collectively to improve wages and working conditions
  • discuss terms and conditions of employment with fellow employees
  • take action with those fellow employees to improve working conditions
  • strike and picket

It does not matter if your business is non-unionized, as the new posting requirement applies to union and non-union workplaces alike. The only exceptions to the requirement at this time are agricultural, railroad or airline employers -- or the U.S. Postal Service. Additionally, some very small employers and retailers may be exempt.

Although the NLRB has not published the poster yet, it expects it to be available anytime on or before November 1. If you are already a Poster Guard member, you are guaranteed complete compliance with mandatory federal and state labor law postings through timely updates whenever a posting requirement changes. This means you will automatically receive the NLRA posting when it’s released.

If you’re not a Poster Guard ® Compliance Protection member, sign up today to ensure compliance -- with the new mandatory NLRA posting and any future posting changes.


DOL Modifies Its Online Enforcement Database for Easier, More Open Access

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently unveiled enhancements to its online enforcement database … all designed to improve public access and increase awareness of the department’s enforcement activities. Among the new features are a U.S. map with markers summarizing OSHA inspection and violation data for specific companies, as well as the ability to view individual inspection records and a company’s enforcement history. The updated site also allows users to perform keyword searches, filter data by year, violations or penalties, and export search results into downloadable formats.

“These improvements to our online enforcement database are part of our commitment to open, transparent enforcement,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “By making this information available and easy to use, we're helping to ensure a level playing field for employers who follow the law.”

See for yourself! Visit the updated site at