During this holiday season, while most people are in a rush to complete their Christmas shopping, the National Labor Relations Board had a holiday rush of their own: they needed to conduct a vote to adopt revised rules to the representation election process before the end of the year. As I noted in an earlier blog post, the NLRB will have just two members beginning January 1, 2011. And, as the Supreme Court ruled in New Process Steel, the NLRB cannot make any decisions – such as adopting new rules – with just two members.
Therefore, just 10 days before the end of the year, the NLRB issued a press release stating that they have adopted a final rule amending the procedure for representation elections. The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on December 22, 2011, and the changes are due to take effect on April 30, 2012.
You can read details about the changes in a blog post here.