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Telebriefs®: NLRB Union Petitions

In December, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced significant rule changes in the way they will handle representation petitions filed by unions.  Without being overly technical here, the new rules essentially make it much easier for unions to organize a company’s employees. The new rules drastically shorten the period of time within which an election will be held following the filing of a petition with the NLRB. The shortened time period obviously deals a serious blow to employers who used to have somewhere around 5-6 weeks to vigorously campaign against a union which was attempting to organize its employees. Now under the new rules elections might be held as soon as 10 days after a representation petition is filed- a much more constrained and potentially damaging time frame for employers. There are other more onerous aspects to the NLRB’s so-called “quickie election” rules. The hope for employers is that courts will look very skeptically at enforcing such obviously one-sided rules and will limit if not negate such rules. However, we certainly cannot assume that will happen. Thus, until the rules are modified or voided by the courts, all unorganized employers face much more realistic chances of being organized by virtue of the NLRB’s recent pronouncements. To read more or to listen to the Telebrief® from January 14, call NLRB Union Petitions and other recent Labor and Employment laws please click here.  


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