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NLRB delays poster deadline

Employee rights notice now required Jan. 31, 2012

Washington—A National Labor Relations Board regulation requiring private sector employers, including some dental offices, to display a new employee rights poster has been postponed by more than two months.

The delay gives the NLRB more time for education and outreach to small- and medium-sized businesses. The new effective date is Jan. 31, 2012.

On its website, NLRB said it decided to postpone the Nov. 14 deadline after businesses and trade associations made inquiries about which businesses fell under the board’s jurisdiction. There will be no changes in the rule; however, NLRB delayed implementation “in the interest of ensuring broad voluntary compliance.”

The 11-by-17-inch notice that will be required for posting states that employees have the right to act together to improve wages and working conditions; to form, join and assist a union; to bargain collectively with their employer; and to refrain from any of these activities.

Private-sector employers within the NLRB’s jurisdiction will be required to display it where other workplace notices are posted and on an internal or external website if other personnel policies or workplace notices are posted there.

The agency said its jurisdiction extends to hospitals, blood banks and other health care facilities “including doctors’ and dentists’ offices” with a gross annual volume of direct or indirect “inflow” or “outflow” from interstate commerce of $250,000 or more. Dental practices that are unsure whether the rule applies should consult an attorney for a legal analysis of the practice’s interstate commerce activity.

The ADA reported on the rule in the Oct. 3 issue. Read more at www.ada.org/news/6266.aspx.