On July 9, the New York Department of Labor reissued emergency regulations (first adopted on April 28, 2010) which extend the effective date of the emergency regulations to October 6, 2010. As we previously reported in the May 2010 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, these new regulations: 1) clarify circumstances under which various types of emergencies will allow health care employers to use mandatory overtime to cover nurse staffing needs; (2) set forth the minimum elements to be addressed in the required Nurse Coverage Plan; and (3) require that the Plan be posted and made available to the Commissioner, nursing staff and their employee representatives.
Bill Introduced to Speed Up Contract Negotiations Between Public Employers and Police and Fire Unions
A bill (A2243) recently was introduced to accelerate the process for resolving contract negotiations between public employers and police and fire unions. There are currently no time restrictions for the fact finding and mediation portions of police and fire contract negotiations. This bill would provide a 60-day limit for each stage, and if the parties
Attorney-Client Privilege Does Not Attach to Employee’s Emails Sent Through Company Email System on Work Computer
The Appellate Division has swung the pendulum back towards employers in Fazio v. Temporary Excellence, Inc., No. A-5441-08T3 (N.J. App Div., Feb. 2, 2012), on the topic of whether emails sent by an employee to his attorney, while using a company computer and network, are protected by the attorney-client privilege.
Since the National Labor Relations Board’s decision in Specialty Healthcare was issued in 2011, it has been easier for unions to win representation elections. The Board’s recent decision in Fraser Engineering Company, 359 NLRB No. 80 (2013), exemplifies how unions that lost elections prior to Specialty Healthcare may now attempt…..