A district court judge in Washington, D.C., has asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to reconsider its Jan. 31, 2012, mandate for all U.S. businesses to post an National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) Employee Rights notification. The judge issued his request in the face of mounting legal challenges over the new poster.

With no NLRB reconsideration, the official deadline of Jan. 31, 2012, will take effect. Penalties are twofold for not posting it: 1) the NLRB will extend the statute of limitations by six months for employees who file unfair labor practice complaints and 2) the NLRB will consider the non-posting a sign of "anti-union animus," regardless of whether the business is unionized or operates under a federal contract.

Employers, the best bet is to procure your NLRA Employee Rights Poster now and display it on time just in case.