The NLRB’s New Blueprint For “Quickie” Union Elections

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By Eric B. Meyer

On Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board‘s “quickie” election rules survived a challenge in the U.S. Senate. Next week — April 30 to be exact — they go into effect.

Hey! Isn’t that when the poster rules were supposed to go into effect, too?

In anticipation of April 30, employers will want to familiarize themselves with this memo from NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon — we are presenting at the same event today — discussing the new representation case procedures. The guidance covers the entire representation case process from beginning to end, incorporating to the extent necessary the new rules and the procedures that remain unchanged.

And if you don’t feel like plowing through a 24-page memo, the General Counsel’s office also issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions explaining the Board’s revised rules and the procedures.

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Although the new “quickie” election rules do not set new, specific time frames for conducting hearings or elections, it appears likely that the time from petition to election will decrease. So, now is the time to do something about possible unionization of your workforce so that, if a Representation petition is filed, your business is prepared to respond.

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (www.TheEmployerHandbook.com), which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.

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