NLRB Introduces Smartphone App to Inform Workers of Their Rights

The National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) August 30, 2013 release of a smartphone application is evidence that recent federal court rulings have not slowed down its outreach efforts. Despite multiple decisions invalidating the NLRB’s rule requiring employers to post, physically or electronically, a notice describing workers’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), the NLRB has not abandoned its mission. Most recently, the Board released a smartphone application designed to provide the same information included on the posters. Specifically, the app supplies information “to employers, employees and unions with sections describing the rights enforced by the [NLRB], along with contact information for the NLRB’s regional offices across the country.” The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals noted in its June 2013 decision invalidating the NLRB rule, that the NLRB is not charged with informing employees of their rights under the NLRA. However, the release of the app demonstrates the NLRB’s commitment of doing just that.

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