As Congress continues to debate the nature and breadth of the power of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as a federal administrative agency, the board has issued a rule impacting labor union elections in the workplace.

By all accounts the rule is a watered-down version of a legislation introduced in Congress earlier this year by several Republican legislators seeking to curb the NLRB’s power. The new rule makes several key changes to the manner in which union elections are held and how employers may challenge from such elections.

Here is a link to the NLRB resolution itself, NLRB's explanation of the rulings and FAQs. Also, NLRB Chairman Pearce's statement on the ruling.

We will provide more details on reactions to the rule in the business community later.