What is meant by Labor Relations?

Labor Relations is an area of law that ensures basic standards of democracy and fiscal responsibility in labor organizations representing employees in private industry. It usually has to do with the formation and operation of unions, and an employees’ right to information, association and collective bargaining. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was established in 1935 to limit the means by which an employer can react to an employee participating in Union activities such as a strike.

The NLRA provides worker protections whether employees are part of a union or not, usually in order to promote organization and collective bargaining. Labor laws also protect employees as a class. It defines and prohibits unfair labor practices.

Labor laws typically deal with employer-union relationships, while employment laws typically deal with employer-employee relationships. However, the terms are often used interchangeably.

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