Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Requiring Government To Notify Employees Of Their Rights Under Federal Labor Laws


On May 20, 2010, the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (“OLMS”) issued a final rule requiring nearly all federal contractors and subcontractors to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The new rule implements President Obama’s Executive Order 13496, which requires federal departments and agencies to include a new provision in nearly all government contracts about notifying contractors’ employees of their rights under federal labor law. Under the new rule, federal contractors will be required to post a notice informing their employees of their rights to join or form a labor union, to bargain collectively with their employers, to strike and to picket under certain circumstances. The notice also lists examples of conduct by employers which would constitute illegal conduct under the NLRA, including questioning employees about their union activities, prohibiting employees from engaging in union solicitation during non-work time and prohibiting employees from wearing union hats and pins in the workplace. The required notice can be obtained from the OLMS.

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