April 1, 2017

The Impact of Kentucky’s New Right-To-Work Law on Employers

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Published in HR Kentucky

Effective January 7, 2017, Kentucky became the 27th “Right-To-Work” state.[1] The Kentucky Right-to-Work Act (the “Act”), prohibits employers and unions from requiring employees to join a union, pay union dues, or pay a union “agency fee” as a condition of employment or entering into an agreement that contains such a provision (i.e., “union shop” or “agency shop” provisions). In other words, an employee’s decision to join, or make payments to, a union must be completely voluntary.

On February 6, 2017, Missouri became the 28th state to enact a right to work law. Moreover, that same month, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Congressman Steve King (R-IA) introduced a federal right to work law (H.R. 785).