Federal Contractors and Subcontractors Now Required to Notify Employees of Their Rights under Federal Labor Laws

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Effective June 21, 2010, federal contractors and federal subcontractors must post notices informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to organize and join a labor union, to bargain collectively, and to refrain from these activities. Federal government contracting departments and agencies must also include language in government contracts, subcontracts, and purchase orders regarding these notice obligations, and federal contractors must incorporate this language into subcontracts and purchase orders entered into in connection with any covered government contract. These requirements are summarized below and are set forth in detail in U.S. Department of Labor Regulations, 29 C.F.R. Part 471 (the Regulations), which implement Executive Order 13496.

What are the posting requirements?

The Department of Labor has prepared a poster containing the notice with the required information on employee rights under the NLRA. The poster can be downloaded for free.

Federal contractors and subcontractors who customarily post physical notices to employees must post the employee notice in conspicuous places so that the notice is prominent and readily seen by employees. The notice must be placed in areas where the contractor or subcontractor ordinarily posts notices to employees about terms and conditions of employment, including areas where employees covered by the NLRA do work relating to the federal contract.

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