November 14, 2011
Nation's Building News

The Official Online Weekly Newspaper of NAHB

Builders, Remodelers Required to Notify Employees of Collective Bargaining Rights

Beginning on Jan. 31, home builders, remodelers and other businesses with more than $500,000 in annual gross business volume will be required to post an official notice advising employees of their collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

The law applies to all companies — including those in right-to-work states or with no employees belonging to a union — that meet the gross business volume threshold.

According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the notice must be 11 inches by 17 inches and displayed in a conspicuous location — such as a break room or other location for employee news — where other notifications of workplace rights and employer rules and policies are posted.

Companies can download instructions and notification posters, available in more than 20 languages, from the NLRB website.

Since 1935, private sector employees have had the right to form or support a union and to take collective action regarding their wages, hours and working conditions. Implementation of the final rule to post National Labor Relations Act rights clarifies what employers are required to inform their workers.

Companies that do not prominently post the required signs as of Jan. 31 can be found in violation of unfair labor practices law.

Complete information about the requirements is available on the NLRB website.

For more information, email David Crump, NAHB’s director of legal research, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8491.

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