Magazine article HRMagazine

'Quickie Election' Rule Could Surprise Employers

Magazine article HRMagazine

'Quickie Election' Rule Could Surprise Employers

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Under a new rule announced last month by the National Labor Relations Board, union election campaign periods could be as short as 14 to 20 days.

Right now, an employer can buy a month's worth of time, if not longer, after a union petition for an election is filed and before the election takes place by filing briefs about which employees are eligible to vote, according to Joel Barras, an attorney at law firm Reed Smith.

Under the "quickie election" rule, which takes effect April 14, there will still be a hearing about who is in and out of a unit, but not until after the election. So, the time frame employers have to communicate their views about unionization will shrink.

This is "a massive change," said Michael Lotito, an attorney at law firm Littler. …

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