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NJECPAC is a Continuing Political Committee (CPC). A CPC is any group of two or more persons acting jointly, or any corporation, partnership, or any other incorporated or unincorporated association, civic association or other organization, which in any calendar year contributes to aid or promote the candidacy of an individual, or the candidacies of individuals, for elective public office, or the passage or defeat of a public question or public questions, lobby for the passage or defeat of certain legislative bills introduced in the NJ Legislature in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-8(b). A CPC is frequently referred to as Political Action Committee (PAC). The NJECPAC was formed to provide funding for legislative initiatives of its members and its member organizations representing the interests of Electrical Contractors, Small Businesses and Taxpayers throughout the State of New Jersey.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

New NJ Requirement To Post Long Notice Form And To Provide It To Employees

The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development (DOL) recently issued a regulation that requires New Jersey employers to post an long Notice Form (6 pages) about employer record-keeping and reporting requirements and state offices that employees can contact concerning possible employer violations. The law also requires employers to provide the Notice Form to existing employees and to new employees. 

The new regulation is already in effect, so if you have not already posted the Notice Form, post it now. The Notice Form is to be posted in a place or places accessible to all employees in each of the employer's workplaces. A copy of the Notice Form can be found Here

For employees hired after November 7, 2011, a copy of the Notice Form is to be provided to the employee at the time of hiring. For other employees, the Notice Form must be provided to them not later than December 7, 2011. 

If your company has an internet site or intranet site for exclusive use of your company's employees and if all of your company's employees have access to the site, your company can post the Notice Form on the internet or intranet site to comply with the posting requirement. Posting on one of those sites does not, however, comply with the requirement that each employee be provided a copy of the Notice Form. Your company can, however, comply with the requirement to give the Notice Form to the employee, if your company provides the Notice Form to the employee by email. 

Companies with workplaces outside of New Jersey may not have to post the notices in the non-New Jersey workplaces and may not have to provide the notices to non-New Jersey employees. 

House Passes Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act

The House passed H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act by a vote of 235 to 188.  You can find details on the  vote on the bill and its amendments below. 

Coalition for a Democrat Workplace (CDW) final letter is available here; 243 organizations signed on, including NJECPAC Member Organization New Jersey IEC. Our statement about the vote is available here. CDW will be working with the Senate to see the bill move forward there. The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act would rein in Obama's out of control NLRB

The NLRB voted 2 to 1 in favor of a resolution offered by Chairman Mark Pearce to streamline the ambush election proposed rule.  Member Craig Becker and Chairman Pearce voted in favor of the proposal, while Member Brian Hayes dissented, criticizing the substance of the proposal as well as the Board's failure to follow procedural rules. The Board will now move forward with drafting a final rule based on the Chairman's resolution. 

Based on the resolution, The CDW expects the final rule in the next few weeks.  The rule will not contain some of the aspects of the proposed rule, such as the 7 day period for a hearing and the requirement employers release employee phone numbers and email addresses.  However, The final rule will still significantly reduce the time period for elections and deprive employers of many due process rights. In short, the streamlined rule would radically change election procedures in an effort to promote rapid, increased unionization at the expense of employees and employers. Littler has a post with more details here.  

You can view CDW's comments on the original proposed rule here. CDW will be watching closely and will keep you posted.  The Board's information about the hearing, including a video archive that will be posted later today, is available here.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Take Action Now to Block Egregious NLRB Rule Proposal

Craig Becker's recess appointment to the NLRB expires December 31. At that point, with only two Members, the Board will be powerless to issue even the most routine orders.

As we have previously reported, Craig Becker believes the only choice employees should have in a union election is which union to belong to.

The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R.3094) would block the NLRB's Ambush Election proposal, an effort by the Board to deny employees access to critical information about unions and strip employers of free speech and due process rights. H.R. 3094 would also reverse the Board’s recent decision which opens the door to micro-unions.

In a blatant attempt to finalize its biased ambush rule before Obama appointee Craig Becker’s term expires, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will vote on the proposed rule on November 30th – the same day Congress is set to vote on H.R. 3094 that would block the proposal!

That is why it is so important to TAKE ACTION NOW!!! Contact your legislator today and tell them to support H.R. 3094.

Think this proposed rule is no big deal? Think again. The rule is so egregious that Republican NLRB Appointee Brian Hayes has threatened to resign if the rule should come up for a vote. If Hayes resigns it would effectively quash a long-sought change to union election rules. 

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