Reflections On Government Confusion

Rarely in my 41 years of business have I experienced the level of government confusion surrounding the recent or should I say current NLRA poster debacle.

The National Labor Relations Board took it upon itself to mandate that employers, with few exceptions, must post that “employees have the right to unionize.”    From the local barbershop to the gift and card store, employees would be informed they should or could form a union.

Now, this law has bounced between both houses of the federal government, the District of Columbia, the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the State of South Carolina resulting in injunctions, appeals, delays and requests for rehearings – all the while confusing the employer.

Here is why.   The law stated that no matter what, employers are required to post the law.  Accordingly we published and sent this mandated poster to our clients as they rely on us to do.

Wouldn’t you know that within minutes the government changed its mind and said you don’t have to display the poster but if you do, that too is OK.  Go explain that to your employees.

This confusion continues as we are in the midst of the “request for rehearing” which would mean the poster may need to go back up should the NLRB and its board prevail.

Either way, our Research Department continues to track the developments of the NLRA poster.   We are committed to keeping our customers informed as we have for the past 22 years.

Maurice Levich