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Controversial NLRB poster requirement takes effect Nov. 14

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SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Small Business — tracks feedback from small-business owners. We run the poll question each Thursday in our e-newsletter.

Two weeks ago, we asked: Have you posted the new National Labor Relations Board poster on employee rights?

  • No, the requirement doesn’t apply to our business: 35.29%
  • Not yet, but we will have it posted before the law takes effect: 24.51%
  • I don’t know about this; tell me more: 20.59%
  • Yes: 19.61%

The National Labor Relations Board recently issued a ruling requiring all employers subject to the National Labor Relations Act to notify employees of their rights under the act by posting a notice in the workplace. The ruling states that the notice must be posted by Nov. 14, even if a business is non-union.

The act is broad and extends to many private-sector employers. Any organization that questions whether this rule applies to it should seek legal advice for confirmation.

Several organizations have filed lawsuits challenging this rule, and it will be important to stay on top of this issue and monitor if your business is subject to the posting requirements.

Sharlyn Lauby is the HR Bartender and president of ITM Group.