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Upcoming changes to labor laws to affect non-union employers

Over the past 18 months, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been extremely active in forging significant changes to labor laws that affect all employers, union and non-union, and the activity is only going to continue for the foreseeable future.

As of April 30, 2012, new rules will go into effect that will substantially streamline union organizing procedures. In short, under these new rules, employers may have as little as half the time they are currently allowed to engage and convince their employees that a union is not the best option for them. Although union membership is at an all time low, these changes in the union election process will make it significantly easier and quicker for unions to mobilize employee workforces and establish union representation — in as little as 21 days.

David Radelet, a founding partner of labor and employment law firm Franczek Radelet, describes the modifications to the union election process as a “game-changer,” because employers will have significantly less time to prepare for a union election.