New Employer Workplace Labor Posting Requirement

Effective April 30, employers are required to post notices informing their employees of their rights to unionize under a final rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The rule exempts from the notification requirement very small retail employers with a “gross annual volume of business” of less than $500,000.

Private-sector employers are required to post the 11 by 17 inch employee rights notice on employee workplace bulletin boards where other state and federal workplace notice posters are typically displayed. The notice must be conspicuous to all employees and maintained and updated by the employer as necessary. Free posters are available from the NRLB web site, The poster is approved for black and white or color format. Translation must be posted at workplaces where at least 20 percent of employees are not proficient in English. Employers must also post the notice on an internet site if personnel rules and policies are customarily posted there.

In its final rule, "Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act," NLRB decided employees were not fully aware of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act and that a workplace poster was needed for proper notification. While the right of employees to organize into labor unions was first established under federal law in 1935, this is the first time that employers have been required to provide employees with notice of such rights.


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