On October 5, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board announced postponement of the implementation date for its new notice-posting rule from November 14, 2011, to January 31, 2012. See our earlier E-Alerts on this topic: To Post or Not to Post – That is the Question from September 23, 2011 and NLRB Requires Employers to Post Notice of Employees’ NLRA Rights from September 1, 2011.

The stated reason for the delay is to allow for enhanced education and outreach to employers, particularly small and medium-sized businesses, in order to achieve voluntary compliance. Following adoption of the rule, a number of businesses and trade organizations had expressed uncertainty about which businesses fall under the Board’s jurisdiction. The NLRB stated that no other changes in the rule, or in the form or content of the posting notice, will be made.

Member Brian E. Hayes, who dissented from the adoption of the final rule, agreed with the postponement of the effective date of the rule to January 31, 2012.