A House committee approved the anti-union “Employer Free Speech Act” Tuesday. The bill is a response to a proposed federal regulation which could require businesses to post a 1935 law that recognizes workers’ rights to collectively bargain. The National Labor Relations Board is discussing the proposal, but has not yet acted on it.
Republicans are trying to allow South Carolina businesses to ignore the change. Rep. Alan Clemmons (R-Horry) says the regulation is an overreach.
The United States Constitution guarantees a freedom of speech and I believe each employer has their right to speak by way of posters on their wall or what comes out of their mouth.
However, Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Richland) challenged whether South Carolina even had the power to exempt businesses to a federal law.
There are federal regulations in place that require businesses to post laws regarding miminum wages, overtime pay, and workplace safety laws, among other rules.
The NLRB justified the proposal in the Federal Registry by saying many employees are unaware of their union rights.
The intended effects of this action are to increase knowledge of the NLRA among employees, to better enable the exercise of rights under the statute, and to promote statutory compliance by employers and unions.