The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reversed another long-standing policy relating the payment of union dues. Two weeks ago, the agency determined that the “dues checkoff” provision of a collective bargaining agreement remains intact even after the agreement expires and can then only be eliminated through future collective bargaining negotiations! The checkoff provision requires employees to authorize their employer to deduct union dues from their paycheck. Historically, once a collective bargaining agreement expired, the dues deduction provision expired with it and the employer was then free to terminate the arrangement. Under the NLRB reversal, which was also made retroactive to all pending cases, employers may be liable for dues under currently expired contracts without being able to retroactively collect them from employees.