The NLRB's blueprint for "quickie" union elections

April 27, 2012
By Eric B. Meyer on April 27, 2012 7:00 AM | | Comments

"Blueprint"? Word. But, do you know how tough it is to find a blog-appropriate Jay-Z hit? Hmmm...let's try this one.

On Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board's "quickie" election rules survived a Senate challenge. Next week, April 30 to be exact, they go into effect. Hey! Isn't that when the poster rules go into effect, too? Psyche!

Solitudephoto © 2011 Mortimer62 | more info (via: Wylio)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.

Although the new "quickie" election rules do not set new, specific timeframes 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.