By Rachel Leven - 12/23/11 05:53 PM EST
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has postponed the date by which employers will be required to hang a poster informing workers of their union rights.
A federal court that is hearing a challenge to the legality of the union poster rule requested that the NLRB delay it.
“The Board’s ruling states that it has determined that postponing the effective date of the rule would facilitate the resolution of the legal challenges that have been filed with respect to the rule,” the NLRB said in a statement.
The rule, which would require employers to notify their employees of their rights to start a union, will take effect on April 30, rather than Jan. 31, as the NLRB had proposed.
At that point, most businesses will have to put up a visible notice for their employees.
Business groups including the Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Business have sued the NLRB to stop the union poster rule.
The Chamber has said the regulation, known as the Employee Rights Notice Posting, would violate the First Amendment rights of employers.
“At a time when the private sector is striving to create desperately needed new jobs, it is disappointing to see that the NLRB is imposing new and unnecessary regulations on employers,” Chamber senior vice president of labor Randy Johnson said in a statement in September.
“The latest rule is part of the NLRB’s pattern of tipping the scale in favor of unions, at the expense of employers and employees alike.”
Unions have advocated strongly for the rule, saying that the notice is a modest measure to help workers become aware of their right to organize.
“Just as employers are required to notify their employees of their rights around health and safety, wages and discrimination on the job, this rule gives clear information to employees about their rights under this fundamental labor law so that workers are better equipped to exercise and enforce them,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement in August.
Kevin Bogardus contributed.