Notify Employees of Their Rights. It’s the Law!
The National Labor Relations Board recently issued a final rule requiring most private-sector employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. To do this you’ll need to post a notice of workplace rights in a prominent place.
If personnel rules and policies are commonly posted on an Internet or intranet site, you’ll need to post the notice there, too. If more than 20% of your workers speak a language other than English, you will also have to post the notice in their language.
This particular ruling is broadly applied—including union and non-union shops, government contractors and small businesses—and easily complied with, so the best policy is to comply, even if you’re not sure you have to. While it’s unlikely you will get fined for not posting the notice, it will be treated as an unfair labor practice under the National Labor Relations Act.
You can get a copy of the notice free through NLRB regional offices or you can download one from the Board website and print it yourself. You can also get the notice in translation for non-English speakers. You’ll need to comply with this rule by January 30, 2012.