Friday, May 28, 2010

US Labor Department Publishes Rule Requiring Posting of Employee Rights

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a final rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to provide notice to their employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

Under the rule, federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to post the prescribed employee rights notice at their workplaces. The notice lists employees' rights under the NLRA to form, join, and assist a union, and to bargain collectively with their employer; provides examples of unlawful employer and union conduct that interferes with those rights; and indicates how employees can contact the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the federal agency that enforces those rights, with questions or complaints. The rule implements provisions of Executive Order13496, which was signed by President Barack Obama on Jan. 30, 2009. The requirement for posting this employee notice must be included in every covered federal contract and subcontract.

Under the rule, employees will have the right to file complaints with the Department of Labor about contractors that do not comply with the prescribed requirements. Contractors that violate the requirements of the regulations may be subject to sanctions, including suspension or cancellation of the contract. Two Labor Department agencies, OLMS and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, are responsible for administering and enforcing the rule's requirements. For more information, visit the OLMS website at www.dol.gov/olms/regs/compliance/EO13496.htm.

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