Hospital groups urge national labor board to modify employee conduct rules

Hospital groups are urging the National Labor Relations Board to change standards governing the evaluation of employee conduct in a healthcare setting that violates a lawful employer rule, according to the American Hospital Association's AHA Today newsletter, which cites a friend-of-the-court brief.

The American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals said this conduct "disrupts the workplace and harms the delivery of care" and should not be protected by the National Labor Relations Act. 

The groups called on the labor board to modify standards to account for congressional and Supreme Court recognition of "the special need to maintain a tranquil healthcare environment for patients and their families."

The American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals said the labor board also should "harmonize the act's protections with relevant antidiscrimination and anti-harassment laws," and there shouldn't be a separate standard for picket line conduct.

 

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