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NLRB Proposes Updates for Employee Privacy and Military Leave Absentee Ballots

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Earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed protecting the personal privacy of workers and allowing for absentee ballot use during representation elections of employees on military leave. Specifically, the proposal would remove the NLRB’s previous policy of requiring that employers “provide available personal email addresses and home and personal cellular telephone numbers of all eligible voters to the Regional Director and other parties during an election campaign.” This provision, when originally proposed and adopted by the NLRB, was ardently opposed by NRMCA. The industry very much welcomes this latest development and will be submitting comments to NLRB in favor of the provision’s removal.

The proposal also seeks to “…accommodate voters serving the United States in the Armed Forces in light of congressional policies facilitating their participation in federal elections and protecting their employment rights… [and] that a procedure for providing such voters with absentee ballots can be instituted without impeding the expeditious resolution of representation elections.”

The window for submitting comments on the proposal will be held open through the end of September 2020.

Click here to review the NLRB’s proposal. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at


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