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NLRB Delays Rule for Workplace Notices on Forming Unions

January 04, 2012

(Adds August order in fourth paragraph.)

Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The National Labor Relations Board said it will postpone for three months requiring U.S. employers to notify workers of their rights to form a union, allowing time to resolve legal challenges.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson asked the board at a court hearing on Dec. 19 for a delay after groups led by the National Association of Manufacturers and National Federation of Independent Businesses said the NLRB lacked the power to require union-organizing posters in the workplace.

Pushing the effective date to April 30 from Jan. 31 “would facilitate the resolution of the legal challenges,” the NLRB said today in a statement.

The NLRB, which investigates unfair labor practices, in August ordered employers to display notices informing workers about their rights to form a union and bargain on contracts. Such signs must be in the same place as posters about personnel rules or policies.

The NLRB said the National Labor Relations Act gives it the authority to pursue new workplace rules such as the proposed requirement.

The case is National Association of Manufacturers v. National Labor Relations Board, 1:11-cv-1629, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

--With assistance from Holly Rosenkrantz in Washington. Editors: Steve Geimann, Judy Pasternak

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