Legal Alert: Federal Contractors Required to Post Union Notices

On January 30, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13496. E.O. 13496 requires non-exempt federal contractors and subcontractors to inform employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the primary law governing relations between unions and employers in the private sector. According to the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), E.O. 13496 ensures that "workers employed in the private sector and engaged in activity related to the performance of federal government contracts are informed of their rights to form, join, or assist a union and bargain collectively with their employer. Knowledge of such basic statutory rights promotes stable labor-management relations, thus reducing costs to the federal government."

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