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March 23, 2011

Weekly Wednesday Acronym – NLRA and NLRB

Filed under: Employment Law,General HR Buzz,Unions/NLRB11:14 am

Today is bonus Wednesday!  It is difficult to discuss the NLRA without also addressing the NLRB, so we have two acronyms this week. 

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) is a federal law that gives employees the right to organize unions, bargain collectively and engage in concerted actions for mutual protection. Passed in 1935, it is also referred to as the Wagner Act after its sponsor, Robert F. Wagner.  It also requires employers to recognize unions selected by employees and to bargain in good faith, and it prevents employers from conducting certain unfair labor practices.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent agency of the United States government which investigates and resolves complaints related to the NLRA.  The NLRB is governed by a five-person board and a General Counsel, all of whom are appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate.  Board members are appointed to five-year terms and the General Counsel is appointed to a four-year term. The General Counsel acts as a prosecutor and the Board acts as an appellate judicial body from decisions of administrative law judges.

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