Proposed Regulation Would Require Federal Contractors to Notify Employees of Their Rights Under Federal Labor Laws

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Yesterday, the Department of Labor issued a proposed regulation that would require virtually all federal contractors to notify their employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The regulation is mandated by an executive order which was signed by President Obama in January. Under the proposed regulation, all federal contractors and subcontractors must agree as a condition of their U.S. government contracts to post a lengthy notice detailing employees’ rights under the NLRA, including the right to form, join or assist a union and to strike and picket. Further, the proposed notice describes employer conduct that is unlawful under the NLRA, such as prohibiting employees from soliciting co-workers to join a labor union during non-work time and from wearing union hats, buttons and shirts in the workplace. Finally, the proposed notice directs employees to contact the National Labor Relations Board if they believe their rights have been violated.

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