The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently released its 2010 regulatory plan, which envisions a major change in how DOL interprets the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (“LMRDA”) as to when an employer must disclose its use of attorneys or consultants to help persuade employees not to unionize. In particular, DOL will be seeking

Just 10 days after taking office, President Obama signed Executive Order 13496, requiring all federal contractors and subcontractors to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), including their right to join and support unions. On Aug. 3, 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed regulation specifying how contractors and subcontractors must comply with that Order, including a poster describing employees’ rights, and how they can file claims with the National Labor Relations Board (Board). Parties wishing to comment on the proposed rule must do so by Sept. 2.

Executive Order 13496

Citing the government’s need to deal with “contractors whose work will not be interrupted by labor unrest,” and a belief that industrial peace is best achieved when employees are “well informed of their rights,” Executive Order 13496 requires most federal departments and agencies to include in virtually all government contracts, provisions that require the contractor to post a notice for employees describing their rights under the NLRA, to follow all DOL rules relating to the Order, and to be subject to penalties for noncompliance that can include debarment from future contracts. The Order exempts two types of contracts: collective bargaining agreements, and contracts for purchases under the “simplified acquisition threshold” of $100,000. The Order also requires contractors to include such provisions in every subcontract they enter into in connection with the government contract. The Order directs the DOL to issue regulations implementing its requirements, and they will take effect when those regulations become final.Continue Reading Labor Department Proposes Rule Requiring Federal Contractors and Subcontractors to Notify Employees of Right to Unionize

New York Governor David Paterson issued an order on April 24, 2009, making it easier for labor unions to organize employees for agencies and public authorities that provide financial aid to projects that will entail the construction of a hotel or convention center. The directive requires the operators of new construction projects that receive state