Up to 6 million businesses nationwide will be required to display a new employment law poster notifying employees of their rights to form or join a union under the National Labor Relations Act or NLRA.
The National Labor Relations Board or NLRB issue a proposed new rule on December 22, 2010 that goes into effect on March 22, 2011. This is a completely new requirement – in the past, information about the NLRA was not included in any employment law poster and was not required. According to the NLRA, what little information employees did have about the law often came from labor unions.
Employers are required to post notices in English and in any other language spoken by a significant number of employees. In addition, employers who normally communicate with workers via electronic media such as a workplace website or email must also distribute the notices electronically.
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The NLRB is imposing stiff sanctions against any employer who fails to post the notice. Failure to post the notice will be considered an unfair labor practice. Failure to post the notice will extend the 6-month deadline for employees (more…)
Every federal contractor must display a poster informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act or NLRA. Under a directive recently issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, merely posting the notice electronically is not sufficient. The poster must also be posted in conspicuous locations in the workplace.
Inspectors will check for the NLRA posters as a routine part of the on-site compliance inspection in awarding contracts. Prominently displaying the poster puts the employer in compliance with Executive Order 13496.
An employer who posts employee notices electronically must include the NLRA information. However, the employer must also display posters in the worksite, in addition to the online information.
The NLRA poster informs employees of their legal rights to join a union, form a union or assist a union. In addition, the poster informs employees that they have the right to enter into collective bargaining agreements with the employer. It includes examples of legal and illegal contracts. The poster also includes information on how an employee may contact the National Labor Relations Board or NLRB with complaints and questions. Posters are available at www.laborlawcenter.com.
The National Labor Relations Act or NLRA is a federal statute signed in 1935 to protect the rights of workers to organize into unions, although the statute was billed as “protecting both employers and employees.”
Under the NLRA, employees have the right to organize into a labor union. When a majority of the employees choose to be represented by a union, the employer must negotiate wages and working conditions with the union. Prior to the enactment of the NLRA, many employers would simply fire employees who favored a union and hire new ones. In some cases, (more…)
Under the bill approving the military budget, the National Defense Authorization Act, the president expanded FMLA to military families when the soldier is deployed in a foreign country.
The FMLA leave that was granted to members of the Reserve and National Guard under the 2009 regulations is now extended to families of armed services members who are on active duty in a foreign country.
The new regulations are expected to be (more…)
The good news for employers is that most state minimum wages are holding steady in 2010. In January 2009, more than a dozen states increased their minimum wages. In 2010, only a few minimum wage changes are in effect.
The Kansas minimum wage increased from $2.65 to $7.25 on January 1, 2010. This is the first time in more than two decades that the Kansas minimum wage has increased. The change comes after more than a decade of efforts by Kansas Democrats. On December 31, 2009, Kansas had the lowest minimum wage of any state. Effective today, X states have lower minimum wages.
To be fair to Kansas, five states have no minimum wage whatsoever. They are Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and South Carolina.
In an unprecedented step, the Colorado minimum wage actually decreased by 4 cents from $7.28 per hour to $7.24 per hour today. Most employees in the state are still covered by the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
About a dozen states annually increase the minimum wage based on the cost of living. However, in most areas the cost of living has shown a decrease of 1% to 2%. While many state statutes prevent the minimum wage from being reduced, they have not been increased.