Apparently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) can’t seem to make up their mind, because just before the holiday weekend it announced another postponement of the effective date for private sector employers to post the notice about employee rights. This is the third time the NLRB has delayed the effective date for the employee rights posting. Most private sector employers whether or not they have a union, were initially required to post the notice effective November 14, 2011. That date was later changed to January 31, 2012, and now the deadline is April 30, 2012.

Here is a link to the poster, which can be downloaded for free from the NLRB website. The poster is required to be 11 x 17 inches in size, so if you don’t have the capabilities to print on 11 x 17 paper, then print the two page 8.5 x 11 version, and tape the pages together. The NLRB also has the posting available in 26 other languages for download from their website. If 20% of your workforce speaks a foreign language, the poster must be posted in both English and that foreign language.

This employee rights posting covers employee rights to act together to improve wages and working conditions, to form and join unions, and bargain collectively. The posting will include examples of unlawful employer and union conduct, and instructs employees how to contact the NLRB with questions or complaints.

My law partner, Marylee Abrams and I will be presenting to the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, February 2, 2012, “Did You Know, Even If Your Employees Are Non-union the National Labor Relations Act, May Apply To Your Business?” We will be discussing who the National Labor Relations Act applies to, the NLRB’s new posting requirement on employee rights, and updates on recent litigation regarding employee use of social media. If you want to learn more about this posting requirement and whether or not your business is required to post the employee rights poster on April 30, 2012, please join us.

Mark your calendars for April 1, 2012 to research if you are required to post the NLRA’s employee rights poster at your workplace.  If so, be sure to download and hang the poster prior to the April 30, 2012 deadline.