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Labor Board Pauses Union Election Rule Due to Virus (1)

April 8, 2020, 1:20 PMUpdated: April 8, 2020, 8:08 PM

The National Labor Relations Board is delaying a new rule that changes some of its policies governing union elections, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The recently finalized rule’s effective date will be pushed back two months to July 31, the board said Wednesday. The regulation eliminates a mechanism known as a “blocking charge,” which pauses the election process if an employer or a union alleges there’s been illegality or interference, in addition to making it easier for workers to oust certain unions.

The move illustrates the challenge the agency faces in trying to continue regular operations during the public...

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