NLRB

Also in the News for Thursday, March 26

Insurance companies struggle with long-term care ... Missouri's Medicaid program lost out on $27M, audit says ... B. Smith testifies on Alzheimer's at Senate hearing ... NLRB playing catch-up due to Supreme Court decision

Conversations nursing home management should not have via emails

Conversations nursing home management should not have via emails

There have been countless nursing home managers, supervisors, and even HR executives, who have committed impolitic comments about employees in email messages. Those comments often become evidence in cases where employees sue employers for alleged forms of harassment and/or discrimination or some variant of wrongful discharge.

NLRB revisits rules that would speed up union elections; House members object

NLRB revisits rules that would speed up union elections; House members object

By

The National Labor Relations Board is again recommending changes that would allow union organizers to speed up elections, drawing the ire of some House Republicans.

Deal cut by Senate Republicans likely to cause labor pains

Deal cut by Senate Republicans likely to cause labor pains

By

For many long-term care operators, labor relations might soon get even more challenging. And Senate Republicans are to blame, er, thank.

Obama makes National Labor Relations Board recommendations

By

The U.S. senate confirmed President Obama's new NLRB nominees yesterday, fulfilling a bipartisan deal to avoid Democrat filibuster changes and resolve the NLRB's recess appointee issue.

Supreme Court will rule on NLRB situation that has left healthcare workers and employers in doubt

By

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear a case on disputed National Labor Relations Board appointments that President Barack Obama made in 2012, which have created uncertainty about the legitimacy of subsequent NLRB actions. Nursing homes and other healthcare providers are among the many businesses that have been affected by NLRB decisions during this time period.

Unions scowl, employers beam. Just what do employees need to know?

Unions scowl, employers beam. Just what do employees need to know?

By

First of all, to all the pro-union and pro-management types: Thanks for reading. Too bad only one of you can be happy after Tuesday's federal appeals court ruling that tossed a National Labor Relations Board decree. But it ought to be that way.

Federal appeals court sides with union, NLRB against nursing home operator

By

A U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld the National Labor Relations Board determination that a nursing home operator should have negotiated with an existing union when it took over a facility, and was discriminatory when it refused to hire five union local officers.

A toxic nursing home strike that gets weirder by the day

A toxic nursing home strike that gets weirder by the day

By

The late Hunter S. Thompson famously said that when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. By his logic, the management and workers involved in a strike across five HealthBridge Management facilities in Connecticut seem to be taking professionalism to a whole new level.

NLRB: Judge will grant injunction against owners in long-running nursing homes' strike

A federal judge intends to grant an injunction filed by the National Labor Relations Board that would put approximately 600 workers back on the job at five nursing homes in Connecticut.

Federal judge invalidates NLRB 'microwave' elections rule

Federal judge invalidates NLRB 'microwave' elections rule

By

A federal district judge has invalidated a union elections rule this week on the grounds that the National Labor Relations Board did not have a quorum when the so-called "microwave rule" was voted on.

Judge denies challenge to union 'microwave rule'

By

A federal district judge has dismissed legal challenges to a National Labor Relations Board final rule shortening the length of time between union elections.

Provider group hails delay of labor board's notice posting requirement

By

A senior living group welcomed a decision by a U.S. appeals court to grant an injunction blocking implementation of the National Labor Relations Board's notice posting rule.

Employers can be required to display union posters, judge rules

By

The National Labor Relations Board was deemed to be within its legal rights with its requirement that employers post notices about unionization rights, a U.S. district judge has ruled.

Providers have until Tuesday to comply with National Labor Relations Board edict

Long-term care providers must have a system in place to notify workers of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act by Tuesday or risk disciplinary measures. On Aug. 30, the National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule instructing private-sector employers that they must issue workers' rights notices where other workplace notices are similarly posted. Employers also need to post to Internet or intranet sites, if that is what is usually used to communicate similar matters with employees.

Obama appoints three NLRB members through controversial recess appointments

Obama appoints three NLRB members through controversial recess appointments

President Obama made three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, which had been operating for several months with just three members, on Wednesday.

NLRB postpones notice-posting requirement again

NLRB postpones notice-posting requirement again

The National Labor Relations Board announced it is delaying the implementation of its notice-posting rule until April 30 instead of Jan. 31.

Yes, it was a good year

Yes, it was a good year

By

If you're like most operators, you're probably staggering toward the end-of-year holidays. And your unsteady gait may have nothing to do with spiked eggnog.

NLRB issues final union elections rule

The National Labor Relations Board has published a final rule, also known as the "microwave rule," that provider groups say will dramatically speed up the union election process.

Labor tensions heating up as NLRB approves 'microwave' rule

Labor tensions heating up as NLRB approves 'microwave' rule

Provider groups quickly criticized Wednesday's vote by the National Labor Relations Board to move forward with a "microwave" rule. The measure attempts to simplify union election procedures and reduce the deadline for holding them after employees request a vote.

NLRB offers guidance on social media policies and practices for nursing homes

NLRB offers guidance on social media policies and practices for nursing homes

The National Labor Relation Board's Acting General Counsel has released a report summarizing a number of recent NLRB decisions involving employers' restrictions on employee use of social media. They provide insight as to how the NLRB is currently reviewing social media issues that impact employee rights.

Provider group praises anti-union legislation

A leading assisted living advocacy group applauded legislation that would reverse two recent pro-union regulations issued by the National Labor Relations Board.

Paris Hilton, supermarket tabloids ... and the National Labor Relations Board

Paris Hilton, supermarket tabloids ... and the National Labor Relations Board

As we predicted in "Labor Pains: Craig Becker's Troubling Prescription for Long-Term Care Facilities," in a January 2011 posting at mcknights.com, the National Labor Relations Board is continuing its pro-union agenda with the same determination as Paris Hilton chasing headlines in the supermarket tabloids.

Labor board postpones notice-posting deadline

Labor board postpones notice-posting deadline

The National Labor Relations Board has delayed the implementation of one of its most controversial recent rulings from Nov. 14, 2011 to Jan. 31, 2012.

ALFA trying to mitigate impact of NLRB rulings

Recent National Labor Relations Board rulings could hit senior living employers hard, said a concerned Assisted Living Federation of America spokesman recently at the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

Provider group slams labor board rulings

An assisted living group says that two recent National Labor Relations Board rulings will lead to higher costs for seniors and fragmented services.

NLRB issues new union-friendly regulation; also expected to boost unionizing efforts in nursing homes soon, report says

NLRB issues new union-friendly regulation; also expected to boost unionizing efforts in nursing homes soon, report says

A new regulation issued by the National Labor Relations Board will soon require employers to post information about unionization rights on bulletin boards. Business groups critical of that regulation also expect the NLRB to issue a decision soon that would make it easier to unionize "specific groups of nursing home workers, like certified nursing assistants," The New York Times reported Friday.

Employer groups challenge NLRB proposals in hearings

Employer groups showed up at National Labor Relations Board hearings on Monday and Tuesday to voice their concern over an NLRB proposal to streamline union elections.

Shorter union election period could hurt employers, assisted living group says

A recent National Labor Relations Board proposal that could increase union activity has a "job-destroying agenda" said Rep. John Kline (R-MN) at a hearing of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Thursday.

Connecticut healthcare workers union announces new contracts

Connecticut's biggest healthcare workers' union announced Wednesday that it now has contract agreements with 25 skilled nursing facilities across the state.