Fact sheets on significant cases as well as issues pending before the Board and initiatives undertaken by the General Counsel are available below:
- The NLRB and Social Media - The National Labor Relations Act protects the rights of employees to act together to address conditions at work, with or without a union. This protection extends to certain work-related conversations conducted on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Two-member Board decisions and New Process Steel - From January 2008 to March 2010, the Board operated with three of its five seats vacant. The two remaining members issued about 550 decisions, dozens of which were appealed to federal courts on the grounds that the two-member Board did not have the authority to act. On June 17, 2010, a divided Supreme Court ruled in New Process Steel vs. the NLRB that the two-member Board lacked the authority to decide cases. About 100 two-member decisions were returned to the Board, either by the federal courts or by the parties themselves, and new decisions were issued. Nearly all of the remaining cases have closed through the Board's normal process.
- Election rule changes that went into effect on 4/30/2012, now suspended -The Board voted in December 2011 to change some election procedures in order to reduce unnecessary litigation, adopting parts of a broader proposal to modernize and streamline the election process. The changes - which have been suspended - are described in this fact sheet.
- Final rule to post NLRA rights - Under a rule promulgated by the NLRB, most private sector employers will be required to post a notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Note, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily enjoined the posting rule.