What’s Next for the NLRB?

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on April 16, 2012

The sleeping giant has arisen.  The National Labor Relations Board has been extraordinarily active lately, with two major rules going into effect on April 30 (maybe) – the poster requirement, which will invite unions to infiltrate your workplace, and the “quickie elections” rules, which will allow unions to ambush employers with only a few weeks to respond to an election petition.

As if all of that weren’t enough, recent reports have indicated the NLRB plans to revisit a proposal it abandoned last year to require employers to surrender employees’ home email addresses and phone numbers to union organizers.  The law already requires employers to turn over employees’ names and home addresses.  Employees do not have a say in the matter.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has vocally opposed the measure.  Representative Sandy Adams of Florida took aim by introducing the Keeping Employees’ Emails and Phones Secure Act, which would prohibit the NLRB from requiring employers to turn over this information.  We’ll keep you posted on whether the legislation passes and whether the NLRB follows through on the plan.

Brody and Associates regularly advises its clients on union-related matters and provides union-free training.  If we can be of assistance in this area, please contact us at info@brodyandassociates.com or 203.965.0560.

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Robert G. Brody is the founding member of Brody and Associates, LLC. He has been quoted and published in national publications and appears as a guest T.V. commentator on contemporary Labor and Employment issues. Learn More