New York, NY, September 24, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, announced today that it has scheduled a live webcast entitled: National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Ambush Election Rules Unionizing a Workforce: What you Need to Know in 2015 and Beyond Live Webcast. This two-hour event is scheduled on September 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET.
In December 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) implemented a final rule amending the agency’s representation-case procedures. The ‘ambush election’ rules, which govern the procedures for union representation elections, went into effect on April 14, 2015. The rule would dramatically shorten the duration between a union’s filing of a petition to represent workers and the holding of a vote. This ‘ambush’ election rule would constrain employers seeking to respond to union organizer arguments; among other issues.
The new rules constitute the most sweeping regulatory change ever implemented by the Board. The rules will favor unions by enabling union elections in 10 to 21 days after the union requests a vote, and almost eliminate most employer rights during the representation case process. The new rules now make it easier for unions to organize all employers in any industry. Other changes include disputes over voter eligibility and bargaining unit inclusion or exclusion will be delayed until after an election, and pre-election hearings must start eight days after the date petition filing.
Union officials understandably favor the new rule since less than 7% of the US private sector work force is unionized. Many companies see the new rule as a license to muzzle work site opponents, unnecessary, and exceeding the board’s authority.
Companies and unions will come to loggerheads over the new rules. Companies need to plan carefully to address the new rules and plan for compliance and mitigation of litigation risks.
NRLB Ambush Election Rules
Expedited Union Elections (10-21 Days)
Voter Eligibility Issues Deferred
Expedited Hearings and NLRB Position Statements
Lists of Employees for the Union
Countering Ambush Elections
West Virginia University College of Law
Anne Marie Lofaso, D.Phil., J.D., A.B.
Professor of Law
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
Michael S. Pepperman
Conn Maciel Carey PLLC
Kara M. Maciel
Chair, Labor & Employment Practice
Kamer Zucker Abbott
Edwin A. Keller Jr.
Sobol & Sobol PC
Daniel J. Sobol
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