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For many nonunion employers, mere reference to the National Labor Relations Act can be seen as an invitation to tune out until the discussion turns back to "employment law." Contrary to popular belief, however, "labor" does not equate to "union," and the law applies to most private-sector businesses regardless of whether a union is present. Indeed, the cornerstone of the NLRA, Section 7, guarantees employees the right to engage in concerted activity for mutual aid and protection regardless of whether they are represented or seek to be represented by a union. 29 U.S.C. 157. An employer's denial of these rights poses potentially serious monetary and other consequences.

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