Thursday, April 23, 2009

Employers should be planning for the Employee Free Choice Act

Even the most ardent supporters of the Employee Free Choice Act agree that passage in its current form is unlikely. The Cleveland Plain Dealer quotes Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown:

Although Brown backs the legislation in its current form, he says it won’t get enough votes for passage in the Senate now that former backers including Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter have withdrawn their support.

He said he expects a compromise will be reached to continue the secret-ballot elections, but require them to be conducted swiftly and handled in a way that doesn’t inordinately favor businesses.

Despite these delays and possible changes, employers should be vigilant about preparing for its passage in one form or another. As Texas attorney Michael Maslanka points out on, “Some version of EFCA will be the law no later than next year at this time. Advice: Avoid ostrich-like attitudes of self-delusion.”

What can you do, as employers, do to keep your heads out of the sand? Plan on attending KJK’s next Breakfast Briefing, How to Stay Union Free in a Union-Friendly World. The event will be held May 13 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and it is totally free. If you would like to attend or for more information, please contact Andrea Hill, (216) 736-7234 or

Presented by Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, with offices in Cleveland and Columbus.

For more information, contact Jon Hyman, a partner in our Labor & Employment group, at (216) 736-7226 or