NFIB Successful in Delay of NLRB Poster Rule Implementation Pending Court Decision on Appeal

Date: April 17, 2012

Contact: Jennifer Cooper, (202) 406-4425 or

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 17, 2012 —The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced a victory in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit as the court temporarily halted implementation of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “Notice Posting Rule.” The poster rule was to have taken effect April 30, 2012. The appellate court granted NFIB’s request for an injunction while it considers NFIB’s appeal of a federal district court decision in Washington D.C., last month which partially upheld the poster rule. 

“Today’s ruling is a victory for small-business owners who have been left at the mercy of NLRB’s unlawful rule,” said Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center. “By delaying the poster rule until the appellate court has time to consider the merits of NFIB’s appeal, small-business owners can breathe a temporary sigh of relief. Of course, real relief will not come until the court rules that NLRB does not have the power to issue edicts empowering Big Labor and hurting small business.”

NFIB sued the NLRB after the rule issued in August 2011, and has argued that the NLRB lacks authority to require over six million employers to post a notice in the workplace informing employees of their right to unionize.


NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at

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