Rep. Quayle bill would reverse NLRB requirement to post employee rights

Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) last week introduced legislation that would reverse an August 30 decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requiring employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

The decision would require employers to post these rights in the workplace and online by November 14. The notice would essentially outline the NLRA, and say 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," according to the NLRB's decision.

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Quayle's bill, H.R. 2833, would eliminate the rule, a move Quayle said would help companies avoid the latest in what he called an "onslaught of new mandates, regulations and taxes" from the Obama administration.

"This new rule is further evidence that the Obama administration puts the interests of union bosses ahead of individual workers," he said. "This pattern of behavior was on full display when the NLRB filed an egregious complaint against Boeing. Our federal agencies should work with American companies to reduce the regulatory burdens that inhibit growth."

The NLRB's rule was released after the body reviewed more than 6,500 comments, which led to some modifications of the rule. For example, the NLRB was considering a requirement that employers would have to distribute the notice by email, voice mail or other direct communications, and another requirement that employers post these notices in color. The final rule allows them to post the notices in color or black and white.