New posting requirement now in effect for federal contractors and subcontractors

On May 20, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule regarding how federal contractors and subcontractors will notify employees of their rights under federal labor laws. This was in response to President Obama’s Executive Order 13496 in early 2009, requiring federal contractors to post a notice “in all places where notices to employees are customarily posted both physically and electronically,” informing them of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

The new notice replaces the “Beck notice” posting requirement under the Bush administration. While some of the language the DOL proposed in August 2009 has changed, the notice remains focused on pro-union rights for employees, including:

=> The right to organize a union to negotiate wages, hours and other working conditions
=> The right to discuss union terms and conditions with coworkers
=> The right to take action with coworkers to improve working conditions, such as raising work-related complaints with you, the employer, or a government agency

Ensure mandatory posting compliance by the June 21, 2010, deadline with the NLRA Poster.


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