Public workers in Wisconsin haven't had much to smile about this winter. Thousands of workers are bracing for layoff notices due to the governor's budget balancing bill that stripped public workers of many of their collective bargaining rights. The new law, followed by a judge's injunction, leaves union workers' negotiation rights in a state of politically hot limbo. The tense labor and political environment in Wisconsin is also being played out in other states such as Ohio, Florida and Minnesota. 

Unrest in Wisconsin: do the protests and politics signal a new trend for collective bargaining?

Public workers in Wisconsin haven't had much to smile about this winter. Thousands of workers are bracing for layoff notices due to the governor's budget balancing bill that stripped public workers of many of their collective bargaining rights. The new law, followed by a judge's injunction, leaves union workers' negotiation rights in a state of politically hot limbo. The tense labor and political environment in Wisconsin is also being played out in other states such as Ohio, Florida and Minnesota.

Take notice
While the tension in Wisconsin raises eyebrows about union workers' rights, a federal mandate may shed more light on these rights. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has published a proposed rule that would require all employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), including unions in their capacity as employers, to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the NLRA. This requirement for notice is already in place for businesses with governmental contracts valued at over $100,000.

"Under the proposed rule, employers will be required to post a printed copy of the employee notice in conspicuous places, including all places where employee notices are customarily posted," said Kathi Boyd, manager of customer sales and support, Ceridian Compliance Solutions.

The proposed rule also requires employers to take steps to ensure the notice is not altered, defaced, covered by other material or otherwise rendered unreadable. Employers who customarily communicate with their employees electronically must also provide the employee notice electronically -- by e-mail or posting it on the Internet or on an intranet site and/or by other electronic means. If the majority of employees speak a language other than English, the notice must be provided in that language.

The proposed rule could significantly impact employers, who need to be aware of the potential for union campaigns. Additionally, the failure to post the required employee notice could result in severe sanctions to the employer.

Ceridian research shows that 17 separate federal laws mandate that some, or all, employers post notices concerning their employees' workplace rights. Most states have laws that parallel the federal government's standards but have different required notices. Consequently, an employer may easily be subject to more than 25 distinct posting requirements. Visit our Ceridian.com and learn how Ceridian's solutions can help keep your company compliant, improve productivity and add to your bottom line.