The new NLRB ruling will make it easier for unions to organize unrepresented employees

A new rule by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will make it more difficult for employers, especially small businesses, to mount timely anti-union initiatives when attempts are being made by unions to organize workers.

In December 2014, the NLRB adopted a final rule that amends its representation-case procedures that, according to the NLRB, is designed to “modernize and streamline” the process for resolving representation disputes. The new rule, passed narrowly (by a 3-to-2 margin) by the Board, will take effect April 14, 2015.

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