Topic: NLRB Posting Rule Blocked
By Allen Smith
A rule slated to take effect April 30, 2012, that would force
most U.S. employers to post a notice of employees' rights under labor
law has been blocked by a federal circuit court on the heels of a
federal district court's determination that the issuing agency lacked
authority to approve the rule.
The National Labor Relations Board
(NLRB) lacked the authority to issue a notice-posting rule, the U.S.
District Court for the District of South Carolina ruled on April 13,
2012. That decision was followed on April 17, 2012, by the U.S. Circuit
Court for the District of Columbia granting an emergency injunction
pending the appeal of a prior D.C. district court ruling that the NLRB
had the authority to issue the rule.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recently adopted
two final regulations, one imposing a workplace poster requirement and
the other speeding up the process for holding representation elections.
They are scheduled to go into
effect on April 30, 2012.
The poster rule would require employers to post a workplace notice
informing employees of their right to form a union. It has been
challenged by, among others, the Chamber of Commerce, which claims that
the posting obligation violates employers' rights under the First
Amendment. Supporters of the requirement argue that the Board's intent
is simply to notify employees of their legal rights, like currently
required posters on discrimination, workplace safety, and the minimum
Topic: Employer Benefits -Health Insurance
(February 17, 2012 by
Steve Bruce BLR Inc.)
Nearly 70 percent of respondents to a recent
BLR/HRHero survey on health insurance benefits said they expect their
health insurance costs to rise in 2012, but an equal number believe that
health insurance is too important a part of the compensation package to
consider eliminating it.
Other highlights from the BLR/HRHero 2012 Health Insurance Benefits Survey:
- More than 96 percent of respondents to the health insurance
benefits survey said they offer health insurance to workers
- More than 2/3 of respondents pay 75 percent or more of
single coverage premiums. That number drops to 40 percent for
- 74 percent of employers reported their health insurance packages are about the same as last year
- 30 percent said they absorbed some of the increased costs they incurred
- 47 percent reported their costs have not yet been significantly affected by health insurance reforms
- 49 percent said their main priority in 2012 regarding health insurance is reigning in costs
Nearly 200 entities participated in the survey. About sixty percent
were private, 20 percent non-profit, and 20 percent government.
Respondents represent a wide range of industries, and came from all 50
states. There was equal representation of below 50 employees and above
500 employees. Eighty-four percent were non-union.