The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a “Final_Rule”, effective November 14, 2011, that requires employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

Private-sector employers (including labor organizations) whose workplaces fall under the NLRA will be required to post an employee rights notice at the same location that other workplace notices are typically posted. Additionally, employers who customarily post personnel notices on an internet or intranet site will be required to post the NLRB’s notice electronically on those sites as well.

On or before November 1, 2011, the required notice may be obtained from NLRB regional offices or downloaded from the NLRB’s website (www.nlrb.gov). Translated versions of the notice will also be available from the NLRB, and must be posted at workplaces where at least 20 percent of employees are not proficient in English. Failure to post the notice may be treated as an unfair labor practice under the NLRA.

The notice states that employees have the right to act together to improve wages and working conditions, to form, join, and assist a union, to bargain collectively with their employer, and to refrain from any of these activities. It provides examples of unlawful employer and union conduct and instructs employees how to contact the NLRB with questions or complaints. The notice is similar to the NLRA rights notice that federal contractor's are already required to post. The NLRB has posted a fact sheet with questions and answers at https://www.nlrb.gov/node/1526.

Board Chairman Wilma B. Liebman and members Mark Gaston Pearce and Craig Becker approved the final rule, with member Brian Hayes dissenting.