NLRB Poster Effective April 30, 2012

April 30 is the deadline for private employers to display an oversized poster informing employees of their right to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the agency responsible for the poster mandate, delayed the posting requirement two times because of legal challenges. However, in a mixed decision for employers, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has now ruled that the NLRB had the right to require the poster. But the court did invalidate the portion of the NLRB rule stating that failure to display the poster is automatically an “unfair labor practice” in violation of the National Labor Relations Act. Rather, the NLRB may find that the failure to post the notice is an unfair labor practice on a case-by-case basis.

The banking industry is covered by the NLRB poster requirement. Importantly, however, banks that are federal contractors and that have posted the Department of Labor union poster that is almost identical need not post the NLRB posterThe DOL poster satisfies the NLRB poster requirement.

For further information about the poster, including what to do if a substantial share of the workplace speaks a language other than English, click here for the NLRB’s FAQs. Click here to read a copy of the rule.

Following is information about the poster downloads in English and Spanish from the NLRB. Remember to display the poster in any language spoken by at least 20 percent of your employees. The agency is also translating the poster into 26 other commonly used languages. Click here for more information.

NOTE: The poster is required to be 11 x 17 inches, in color or in black-and-white. When printing to full size, be sure to set your printer output to 11 x 17. Or you may print the two 8.5 x 11 pages and tape them together.

English version

Spanish version

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