• Best Practices: Preparing for the Employee Free Choice Act
  • September 9, 2008 | Authors: D. Gerald Coker; James F. Hendricks
  • Law Firms: Ford & Harrison LLP - Atlanta Office; Ford & Harrison LLP - Chicago Office
  • Situation: There's a possibility the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) could become law in early 2009. If enacted, EFCA will allow employees to unionize via a union card-signing process, rather than the more traditional government-run secret ballot election, without their employer's involvement. Further, the act will impose mandatory government-run arbitration in first-contract negotiations if the company and the new labor representative cannot reach agreement on a first contract within 120 days.