The NLRB has postponed the effective date for its new union organization rights posting requirement until January 31, 2012.  In its press release, the Board states that it decided to postpone the requirement, “in order to allow for enhanced education and outreach to employers, particularly those who operate small and medium sized businesses.”  Further, the Board stated:

The decision to extend the rollout period followed queries from businesses and trade organizations indicating uncertainty about which businesses fall under the Board’s jurisdiction, and was made in the interest of ensuring broad voluntary compliance. No other changes in the rule, or in the form or content of the notice, will be made.

Although not mentioned in the press release, the postponement comes in the wake of the filing of at least three separate lawsuits pending in which organizations and interested parties have sought to block the posting requirement and challenge its legality, including the Chamber of Commerce, the National Federal of Independent Business and the National Association of Manufacturers.