New NLRB Election Rules Take Effect April 30

Effective April 30, the National Labor Relations Board's new rules governing union election procedures will take effect. These rules radically change the process for union representation elections by effectively shortening election time frames from 38 to 10 days, limiting employee's opportunity to hear from employers and giving employers fewer opportunities to raise challenges throughout the election process.

The new procedures include a host of changes that employers should be aware of, including new definitions for the scope of pre-election hearings; limits on post-hearing briefs and elimination of the 25-day waiting period. It also establishes new standards for appeals and new post-election procedures.

Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wy.) has introduced a proposal challenging the rules, which are opposed by business groups such as the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Chamber of Commerce. However, the Enzi proposal would need to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate and the Republican-led House before it can be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature. Obama appointed a majority of the NLRB’s members.

To read a summary of the new rules for union election procedures, click here.

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