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Employee Rights Regulated Through Labor Law Posters

Employee Rights have been around for decades since it was first passed, but until recently, the government hasn’t done any great leaps to ensure that these rights are taken care of.

Enter the National Labor Relations Board and their project to mandate every single private establishment in America with the public safety posters concerning these basic rights and warnings each employer and employee has to know. Through the recent passing of the bill last August, the US Department of Labor hopes that these basic rights are guaranteed to every worker in America.

The Labor Law posters contain regulation needs of the employee. This is made for each employee for them to have an idea of the benefits they deserve. This includes minimum wage regulations. Under the Labor Law, employees are required to have an accurate and detailed description of the wages, benefits, insurance, hours ,and conditions under which they will be working. These are but just some of the many facts that workers need to know, and the federal labor law Posters make knowledge even more accessible for everyone.

The NLRB suggests that these posters be put up in a visible place, so anyone can see it. This will also include off-site locations and work stations. Of course, some states have a high Hispanic population, and the US DOL ensured that these posters have the option to be bilingual. However, they didn’t have a statute requiring companies to post bilingual posters. The decision is entirely up to the companies themselves.

The objective of this law is to give employees easy and direct access to their rights and the strict general rules of labor of the country. It reinforces the roles of people in the workplace. Without this, workplaces have the growing tendency to become quite unruly as there is no organization. Oftentimes, even employers have no clue as to what the basic labor laws are. Wages, for example, are not given according to the law. Employees often do not receive the equivalent wage for the hours that they worked. This could easily result to confrontation and even more trouble for the company.

Through the implementation of these safety posters, the US DOL hopes to create a huge advancement in Labor Law knowledge and equality in the workplace. They expect that even small to medium enterprise owners comply with these laws and give their own workers the settlement as allowed by the law.

NLRB Issues Final Rule On Posting Of Employee Rights

The National Labor Relations Board issued a Final Rule that requires employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The issuance of the Final Rule follows a notice and comment period in which employers generally called such a posting unnecessary and misleading. When the final rule was announced, it required posting the notices no later than November 14, 2011. Since that time, the posting rule has been the subject of a number of legal and political challenges. To address these and other concerns, the NLRB has moved the required posting date to January 31, 2012.

The posting requirement applies to all private-sector employers (including labor unions) subject to the National Labor Relations Act, which excludes agricultural, railroad and airline employers. The Board has also chosen not to assert jurisdiction over very small employers, whose annual volume of business is not large enough to have more than a slight effect on interstate commerce.

Covered employers will be required to post the employee notice where other workplace notices are typically posted. Also, employers who customarily post notices to employees regarding personnel rules or policies on an internet or intranet site will be required to post the Board’s notice on those sites. Copies of the notice are available from the Agency’s regional offices, and it may also be downloaded from the NLRB website.

The notice, which is similar to one required by the U.S. Department of Labor for federal contractors, 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 refrain from 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. The notice must be posted in English and in another language if at least 20% of employees are not proficient in English and speak the other language. The Board will provide translations of the notice in the appropriate languages.

Failure to post the notice may be treated as an unfair labor practice under the National Labor Relations Act. The Board investigates allegations of unfair labor practices made by employees, unions, employers, or other persons, but does not initiate enforcement action on its own.

The Board received more than 7,000 comments regarding the proposed rule. In response to the comments, some parts of the rule were modified. Under the Final Rule, for example, employers are not be required to distribute the notice via email, voice mail, text messaging or related electronic communications even if they customarily communicate with their employees in that manner, and they may post notices in black and white as well as in color.