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Wisconsin NLRA Poster Requirement

Posted by Tamara

When conducting an on-site compliance inspection in awarding federal contracts, inspectors will, as part of their routine inspection, check that the employer has properly displayed the NLRA (National Labor Relations Act) posters.

Every Wisconsin federal contractor is obligated to display a NLRA poster under Executive Order 13496. Companies that post employee notices online must post the NLRA information, too. Online posting alone, however, is not sufficient.

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a recent directive mandating that in addition to the electronic information, the physical NLRA poster must also be displayed in conspicuous locations in the workplace.

The NLRA poster provides workers with information about union rights, including their right to join, form or assist a union. Also displayed on the poster are their rights about entering into collective bargaining agreements with their employer. To assist the workers in understanding these rights, the poster lists examples of legal and illegal contracts and provides contact information for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for complaints and questions.

EO 13496 also requires employers to provide a NLRA poster in another language if significant portions of the employees do not understand English. The poster must be in a language understood by these workers.

Wisconsin employers, and employers across the nation, can obtain posters online at

As of June 21, 2010, employers must include specific language that outlines the posting obligations and includes the text of the employee notice. The contract must refer to 29 CFR Part 471, Appendix A to Subpart A. Inspectors, in addition to verifying that posters are being properly displayed, have the right to inspect all contracts.

Many employers display these posters in common work areas, on employee bulletin boards or in employee break rooms. Other suitable locations include Human Resources and personnel offices where other employment posters and legal notices are displayed.


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