Update: On April 17, 2012, the NLRB announced an indefinite postponement of the rule. See updated post here. 

Just when you thought things were settled, a federal court in South Carolina late Friday ruled that the NLRB overstepped its authority when it set forth rules requiring employers to post notices about federal labor laws.  

Which is great if you’re in South Carolina because it provides some clarity. But it doesn’t clarify things for the rest of us because its in a different jurisdiction for now. 

I’ve previously noted that this rule has gone through so many twists and turns that employers will have to wait until the end to see what will happen.  It’s possible the NLRB will defer implementation of the rule again in light of the court’s latest ruling. 

In Connecticut, employers may want to err on the side of caution and put up the posters by April 30, 2012 in the absence of any other court rulings.

 As The Employer Handbook blog said this morning, “if you don’t give employees a reason to unionize, a 11″ x 17″ NLRB poster won’t mean squat.”

For full coverage, you can check out posts here, here, here and here.