On December 23, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) announced that it would postpone the effective date of its employee rights notice-posting rule to April 30, 2012. This postponement marks the second time the rule has been delayed. The rule was officially set to take effect November 14, but in October, the effective date was pushed back to January 31.

The Board granted the recent postponement in order to facilitate the resolution of current legal challenges, effectively giving businesses three more months before they have to comply. As previously reported, most private sector employers will be required to post the 11-by-17-inch notice, which is intended to inform all employees of their Federal labor rights, by the new implementation date. The notice is available at no cost from the NLRB through its website, http://www.nlrb.gov, which has additional information on posting requirements.

For now, employers should prepare to comply with the notice-posting rule by the April 30, 2012 effective date. We will continue to monitor the litigation surrounding the notice-posting rule and will keep you apprised of any future developments.