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My company doesn’t have a labor union representing its employees. Do I still need to pay attention to what the National Labor Relations Board has been doing?

In the new Louisville Business First Legal Forum Column, BGD attorney William J. Kishman discussed how the recent actions by the NLRB will affect non-union employers. Read his advice below and don’t miss our monthly Legal Forum Column in Louisville Business First!

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My company doesn’t have a labor union representing its employees. Do I still need to pay attention to what the National Labor Relations Board has been doing?

Advice
Yes, the NLRB’s recent actions will affect non-union employers as much, or more, than unionized employers.

The new “quickie election” rules will help unions obtain representation elections more quickly and easily. Unions win about two-thirds of the elections that occur, and these new rules will make it significantly easier for unions to organize new workforces.

The NLRB has also imposed new obligations on non-union employers regarding employee emails. For example, it recently granted employees the right to use their employers’ email systems to discuss union organizing under certain circumstances.

Both union and non-union employers should pay attention to what the NLRB is doing and revise company policies as appropriate. If your company is non-union but unions have a presence in your industry, you should consider updating your union avoidance plan as well.


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