Labor Relations Overview: Kansas

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Authors: Alan L. Rupe and Daniel Press, Kutak Rock LLP

Summary

  • The Kansas Employer and Employee Relations Act governs the rights of private sector employees to engage in protected or union activity but is, however, largely preempted by the National Labor Relations Act. See Kansas Labor Statutes.
  • The Kansas Public Employer-Employee Relations Act governs the rights of public sector employees to organize and bargain collectively. See Kansas Labor Statutes.
  • The Kansas Public Employer-Employee Relations Act defines several different classes of public employees. Different levels of protection are afforded to employees based on how the employees are defined. See Employees Subject to Kansas Labor Statutes.