AirTalk for May 9, 2013

Court rules employers cannot be forced to post unionization rules

The National Rights Labor Board requires employers to put up posters about labor laws, but did they ask for too much?

This week, a federal appeals court said the National Labor Relations Board violated the free speech rights of employers by compelling them to post rules in the workplace about the right to unionize.

The poster rule went into effect in 2011. Employers already are required to inform employees about minimum wage, health and safety laws and a slew of other rights. The NLRB wanted to add information about unions because it found that young Americans and new Americans did not know about rights and protections under the law.

Business groups argue the NLRB over-reaches its powers in the workplace.

What are the highlights of the poster? Is the importance in what the poster says but also that it's there at all? Which industries and workers would be particularly impacted by the poster? Do you think it really serves to empower anyone who wouldn't get to that point for other reasons? Isn't it up to individuals to know their rights? What did some in the business community want to strike this down? There are a lot of posters required in the workplace - will those be subject to this ruling?

Guests:

Lynn Rhinehart, General Counsel, AFL-CIO

Karen Harned, Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center. NFIB is one of the plaintiffs in the case

 


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