The National Labor Relations Board announced today its final rule on representation case procedures (familiarly known as "the Quickie Election Rule"). The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on Monday and will take effect on April 14, 2015.

Mel Haas of Constangy's Macon Office is Vice Chairman of the Labor Relations Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee, and he shared this email from the Chamber, which includes an advance copy of the final rule.

The final rule essentially includes, with slight modifications here and there, all of the troublesome items proposed in 2014, which we summarized in February. The new regulations generally (1) compress the timetable between petition and election, making it more difficult for the employer and employees opposing a petitioning union to make their cases and retain potentially necessary legal counsel, (2) give unions access to more information about employees, (3) set up numerous procedural requirements for employers to meet or potentially be tripped up later in the case, (4) limit hearing issues and appeals that may be raised before an election, which could allow elections to take place despite uncertainty about supervisory status and individuals' eligibility to vote.