Wednesday, June 22, 2011

NLRB & Dept. of Labor proposals are troublesome

In what can best be describes as Christmas in June for organized labor, the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor issued, on consecutive days, proposals which could hamper businesses and will undoubtedly help unions.

The NLRB's proposal would pave the way for a shorter time frame in which union elections would be held. Rep. Joe Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Workforce stated “Not only will this misguided proposal to expedite union elections undermine an employer’s lawful right to communicate with his or her employees, it will cripple a worker’s ability to make an informed decision.”

The Department of Labor's proposal would require companies to disclose those who assisted in preparing communications to employees regarding unions.

Both of these items represent major shifts in policy and HARDI will continue to advocate for policies that protect both employers and employees.

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