California Labor &
Employment Law Blog
May. 8 2013

Appeals Court Invalidates NLRB’s Employee Rights Poster as a Violation of Employers’ Free Speech Rights

Topics: Court Decisions, Union-Management Relations

This week the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling in a case brought by several employer groups seeking to challenge the legality of the NLRB rule requiring employers to post an employee rights poster informing employees of their rights under the NLRA to unionize, among other things.  As employers will recall, the NLRB had postponed the effective date of the posting requirement several times pending various court challenges to the legality of the required poster.  The NLRB then gained a victory before a District of Columbia district court, which held that the poster was lawful.  Employer groups appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which temporarily enjoined the NLRB from implementing the posting requirement until a ruling on the merits of the appeal.  This week, the Court of Appeals reversed the district court decision and held that the NLRB’s posting rule violated employers’ free speech rights and was, therefore, unlawful.  The full decision is here.  For now, employers remain free of any obligation to post the NLRB employee rights poster.

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