New Information-Posting Requirement For Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

Federal contractors and subcontractors are subject to a new posting requirement.  Federal contractors and subcontractors (except for acquisition contracts worth less than $100,000 and subcontracts worth less than $10,000) have until June 21, 2010, to post a new notice telling their employees about their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the federal law that governs the relationships between private sector employers and unions. The posting describes the rights of employees to organize into unions and collectively bargain for a contract with their employer. It also describes union and employer conduct that is deemed to be unfair interference with employee rights, and tells employees to contact the National Labor Relations Board if they believe their rights have been violated.

Contractors will be able to download the notice from the Department of Labor’s website and print it out for posting. If the contractor also posts notices to employees electronically, it must also post this notice electronically through a link to the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) website. If a significant number of a contractor’s employees do not speak English well, the contractor must post translated versions of the notice, which will be provided by the OLMS.

The text of the notice and certain other provisions must now also be inserted into federal contracts and subcontracts. The text is available at 29 C.F.R. Part 471 Appendix A (scroll down to page 52).

The Department of Labor’s OLMS has published a Fact Sheet that explains the new posting requirements in detail. Contractors and subcontractors who fail to comply with the requirements risk suspension or cancellation of current contracts and debarment from future contracts

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