OOn December 21, 2010, the National Labor Relations Board submitted a Proposed Rule that would require employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. If this rule were adopted, most private-sector employers would be required to post the employee rights notice where other workplace notices are typically posted. If an employer communicates with employees primarily by email or other electronic means, the notice would be posted electronically as well.
The proposed 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 choose not to do 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. Failure_to_post the_notice_would_constitute_an_unfair_labor_practice,_tolling_the statute_of_limitations_for_filing_an_unfair_labor_practice_charge, and_would_permit_the_“knowing_failure”_to_post_the_notice_to_be used as evidence of unlawful motive in unfair labor practice cases.
Public comments are invited on all aspects of the proposed rule. Comments should be submitted no later than February 22, 2011, either electronically to www.regulations.gov, or by mail or hand-delivery to Lester Heltzer, Executive Secretary, NLRB, 1099 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20570. To read the entire proposed rule go to
When an employee returns from organ or bone marrow donation leave, the employer must restore that employee to the position held by him or her when the leave began, or to a position with equivalent seniority status, employee benefits, pay, and other terms and conditions of employment.
Employers with fifteen or more employees must ensure that their supervisorial employees and human resource staff are aware of this new law. Employers with employee handbooks should update their policies to reflect this new type of mandatory paid leave.
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