Posted by Glenn Levar, CEO of Shared Time Human Resource Management

A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked a new rule that requires employers to post a notice informing workers about their right to join a union.

The requirement by the National Labor Relations Board was set to begin April 30. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a temporary injunction against the rule in response to a lawsuit by a manufacturing trade group that contends the board lacks the congressional authority to enact the requirement.

Employers won't have to post the notices at least until the court resolves outstanding questions about the merits of the requirement, which was partially upheld by one federal court in the last several weeks but struck down by another. Business groups say the requirement unfairly bolsters labor unions.  Melanie Trottman April 17, 2012

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You can reach Mr. Levar at grlevar@sthrm.com