Another Court Strikes Down NLRB Employee Rights Poster
As we reported last month, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision invalidating the NLRB’s rule requiring employers to post an Employee Rights poster to apprise employees of their rights under the NLRA. This past Friday, another court weighed in and similarly concluded that the posting rule is unenforceable. In Chamber of Commerce v. NLRB, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the NLRB exceeded its authority in adopting the posting rule. The court reasoned that the NLRB’s role is a reactive one, intended to address unfair labor practice charges, and that the NLRB exceeded this role when it acted in a proactive manner adopting a workplace posting rule. While the outcome of the Fourth Circuit decision is the same as the D.C. Circuit’s earlier decision, the reasoning behind the two decisions is somewhat different. The D.C. Circuit punted the issue of whether the NLRB had authority to issue the posting rule, instead ruling that the posting rule was invalid because it violated employers’ free speech rights. The Fourth Circuit more strongly held that the NLRB plainly lacks authority to issue such a proactive posting rule. It is unclear whether the NLRB will appeal to the United States Supreme Court or accept the adverse rulings of these two courts and abandon efforts to maintain the posting rule. The most recent Fourth Circuit decision is here.