A South Carolina federal court has ruled that the National Labor Relations Board lacked the authority to promulgate its notice-posting rule, which is scheduled to take effect on April 30, 2012. This rule mandates that all private sector employers subject to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) post a notice informing employees of their rights under the NLRA in a "conspicuous place" readily seen by employees. The rule includes a number of enforcement provisions that have been highly contested. Among other remedies for a posting rule violation, the Board would be permitted to toll the six month statute of limitations for an employee who files an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge. This provision would extend the statute of limitations for all unfair labor practice actions against the employer, not just those ULPs arising from the failure to post the notice. The rule would also deem an employer’s “knowing and willful refusal to comply with the requirement to post the employee notice as evidence of unlawful motive in a case in which motive is an issue,” as well as render a failure to post the required notice a ULP in its own right. Last month, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the enforcement provisions of the rule, but upheld the Board’s authority to issue the rule in the first instance. Continue reading this entry at Littler's Labor Relations Counsel.
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