Department of Labor’s New Regulations Require Federal Contractors and Subcontractors to Post Notices Informing Employees of Rights to Join a Union

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On May 20, 2010, the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) of the U.S. Department of Labor published new regulations in the Federal Register, implementing Executive Order 13496. This Executive Order, issued on January 30, 2009, states that all federal government contracting departments and agencies must include a provision in most government contracts stipulating that the contractor post a notice in all places where notices to employees are customarily posted, both physically and electronically, informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

This order revoked a previous Executive Order that former President Bush put into effect, requiring federal contractors to post a notice—otherwise known as a "Beck notice"—to employees informing them that they were not required to join a labor union, and that those who were not union members could object to paying a portion of the dues or fees to support activities that are not related to collective bargaining, contract administration or grievance adjustment. The current regulations have a different focus.

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