Federal contractors required to post “Employee Rights” poster


Effective June 21, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will require federal contractors and subcontractors to post a notice informing employees of certain rights afforded by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), in accordance with President Obama’s Executive Order 13496.

The final rule describes the size, content and location requirements for posting the required notice. The rule applies to all federal contractors performing work on contracts worth more than $100,000, and all federal subcontractors at any tier performing work worth more than $10,000 (even if the prime contractor on the project is exempt from the requirement). The notice must be posted physically in a prominent location where employees can easily see it and also must be posted electronically if the employer posts similar notices online.

In direct response to comments filed by the Associated Builders & Contactors, the poster contains revised examples of legal misconduct that also reflect unlawful union activity, rather than solely listing employer activity. In addition, the agency clarified that the new poster will not be used as a “backdoor” DOL enforcement mechanism for the substantive provisions of the NLRA. DOL clearly stated that complaints arising out of union activity will be referred directly to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), as has always been the case.

For more information, including a downloadable poster and additional guidance, visit DOL’s EO 13496 compliance webpage Here.


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