The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094) on Nov. 30 by a vote of 235-188. The legislation was filed to specifically address the National Labor Relations Board’s proposed rule regarding “quickie” elections and their recent decision in the Specialty Healthcare case.
According to the House committee with oversight of the bill, the legislation if passed into law, will:
In June, the NLRB issued a proposed notice of rulemaking that will significantly change procedures that govern union elections. The NLRB’s “quickie” election proposal includes provisions that will provide employers just seven days to find legal counsel and prepare their case before an NLRB hearing officer regarding pre-election issues; provides for union elections to occur in as little as 10 days after a petition has been presented; and requires employers to provide unions with personal information about employees including home or cell phone numbers, personal e-mail addresses and work schedules.
The NLRB’s Specialty Healthcare decision allows unions to carve out single job units within a workplace allowing employees who have common or comparable duties, qualifications and interests to be separated for organizing purposes. This allows organized labor the ability to establish unions with a minority of support from employees within a workplace.
“The NLRB continues to advance a radical agenda through proposed rules and recent decisions to allow unions easier ways to organize workplaces while trampling the rights of workers and employers”, said ALFA President & CEO Richard P. Grimes. “ALFA applauds Congressman Kline and all members of the House who supported this good legislation that addresses two toxic initiatives that harm employees and employers and hinders America’s ability to create much needed jobs.”
ALFA and a number of trade associations and businesses have worked collaboratively through the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace to oppose the NLRB’s recent decisions. ALFA will continue its participation in these efforts including advocating for U.S. Senate passage of the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act.
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Federal Agency Activity, Legislation, News, Public Policy, Research
On December 7, the Senate voted 94-5 to approve the 21st Century Cures Act bill. The bill seeks to expedite the process of getting new drugs and medi...
Advocacy, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity, Legislation, Long Term Care Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance Education, News, Public Policy, Regulations
A House subcommittee last week held a hearing on the federal long-term care insurance program, which recently came under fire for significantly higher...
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Facts and Figures, Falls Prevention, Federal Agency Activity, Managed Risk, News, Research, Risk Management
Falls are the leading cause of injuries among adults age 65 and older and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the latest data,...
Argentum lauds state partner Argentum New York for its efforts in successfully advocating for passing legislation authorizing a new category of advanc...
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Community Awareness and Education, Federal Agency Activity, Long Term Care Insurance, News
The Administration for Community Living has released an updated Frequently Asked Questions page about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
Elder Abuse, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity, Hearings, News, Research
The Senate Aging Committee this week held a hearing focusing on the financial abuse of older Americans by guardians and others and concurrently releas...
News, Public Policy, Staffing & Performance
Judge Mazzant from the Eastern District of Texas ruled on the pending lawsuit to the DOL overtime rules. His ruling granted a preliminary injunction, ...
Advocacy, Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Community Awareness and Education, End of Life, Federal Agency Activity, Managed Risk, Medication Management, News, Public Policy
Colorado became the sixth state to approve language allowing terminally ill patients to end their own lives thanks to approximately two-thirds of vote...
Judge Samuel Cummings of the Northern District Court of Texas issued a permanent injunction against the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Persuader Rule.
Consumer Funding Resources, Facts and Figures, Family Relations, Financing Senior Living – Consumer Education, News, Research, Resident and Family Services
Educating family and other caregivers about a primary benefit of the Social Security’s Representative Payee Program may help expand its coverage, acco...