|May 1, 2009 | www.fisherphillips.com|
No one would deny that labor and employment law presents a cornucopia of challenges for healthcare executives. Presently, you must contend with employee concerns caused by difficult economic times along with new laws, such as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. On the horizon are possibly even more daunting changes to the legal landscape, such as the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) – frequently referred to as the card check law. Added to these challenges is the very real possibility that a great many more hospitals and healthcare organizations will have to adopt written affirmative action plans.
Mistakes in drafting and enforcing employment policies can help a union to organize your institution. During union organizing drives, unions regularly look for legal violations by the targeted employer, including employment policies and practices that may violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Unions pursue and publicize such violations to undermine employee confidence in management and taint employer defenses to other charges that the union may file during the organizing drive.
As tattoos, piercings and other forms of body art have become increasingly prevalent, hospitals are grappling with how to deal with this trend. While many younger workers proudly display their body art, older workers have exhibited a variety of responses.