SNF Must Reinstate, Compensate Employees Fired Prior To Union Vote, Judge Rules

April 27, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - A California skilled nursing facility that fired some of its employees one week before a union election must reinstate those employees and compensate them with back pay, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge has ruled.

A complaint was brought against Novato Healthcare Center in Novato, CA, by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, claiming the facility interrogated employees about their union sympathies before an election in October 2015. Novato officials eventually suspended and terminated five employees — four of whom were supportive of joining the union — days before the vote.  An administrator for the facility testified that the firings were due to all five employees sleeping outside of their break times, jeopardizing resident safety.

In an opinion published last Thursday (April 20), NLRB Administrative Law Judge Amita Baman Tracy said ........ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE