In Employer Ambushed by Labor Board’s New Election Rule, we reported that a National Labor Relations Board Hearing Officer decided that Danbury Hospital had not complied with its obligation under the NLRB’s new “quickie election” rule to provide the union which had petitioned to represent approximately 850 of the Hospital’s non-professional employees with “available” personal cell phone numbers and personal email addresses. As a result, the Hearing Officer recommended a re-run election. Now, on appeal, the NLRB Regional Director for Region One has affirmed the Hearing Officer’s decision. Danbury Hospital of the Western Connecticut Health Network, Case 01-RC-153086 (Oct. 16, 2015).

The Hearing Officer concluded that the voter list submitted by the Hospital did not substantially comply with the NLRB’s requirement that the Hospital provide “available” personal cell phone numbers and personal email addresses. She found the Hospital should have exercised at least a “reasonable amount of diligence” in compiling voter contact information — the Hospital searched only a single Human Resources database for the voter list information rather than seeking to supplement that information from other Hospital sources, such as the Nursing Department’s database, where it stored contact information for employees working on nursing units.

Both the Hearing Officer’s and Regional Director’s decisions are non-precedential. The Hospital has the right to file an additional appeal — a “Request for Review” — with the NLRB in Washington, by October 30. If the Request for Review is granted and the Regional Director’s decision affirmed, the decision will be binding.

We will keep you informed about the progress of this very important case. In the meantime, employers faced with complying with the new election rule should exercise good faith and diligence in searching for and providing a petitioning union with as much voter contact information as they reasonably can find.

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Photo of Howard M. Bloom Howard M. Bloom

Howard M. Bloom is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has practiced labor and employment law representing exclusively employers for more than 36 years.

Mr. Bloom counsels clients in a variety of industries on labor law issues.

Howard M. Bloom is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has practiced labor and employment law representing exclusively employers for more than 36 years.

Mr. Bloom counsels clients in a variety of industries on labor law issues. He trains and advises executives, managers and supervisors on union awareness and positive employee relations, and assists employers in connection with union card-signing efforts, traditional union representation and corporate campaigns, and union decertification campaigns. He also represents clients at the National Labor Relations Board in connection with bargaining unit issues, objections and challenges, as well as unfair labor practice investigations and trials. Mr. Bloom also has been the spokesperson at countless first and successor contract collective bargaining negotiations, and regularly advises on collective bargaining agreement administration issues, including grievance/arbitration issues.

Mr. Bloom has appeared before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, several U.S. District Courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Mr. Bloom speaks frequently to employer groups on a wide range of labor and employment law topics. He also has written extensively on labor and employment law for a variety of publications, including New England Business magazine, The Boston Globe and the Boston Business Journal. He also is editor of and a frequent contributor to the Jackson Lewis Labor & Collective Bargaining Blog.

While attending law school, he was the Executive Editor of The Advocate: the Suffolk University Law School Journal and President of the Student Bar Association.

Mr. Bloom is a diehard baseball fan. His first book, The Baseball Uncyclopedia: A Highly Opinionated Myth-Busting Guide to the Great American Game, was published in February 2006.

Photo of Philip B. Rosen Philip B. Rosen

Philip B. Rosen is a Principal in the New York City office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Rosen also leads the firm’s Labor Practice Group. He joined the Firm in 1979 and served as Managing…

Philip B. Rosen is a Principal in the New York City office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Rosen also leads the firm’s Labor Practice Group. He joined the Firm in 1979 and served as Managing Partner of the New York City office from 1989 to 2009.

Mr. Rosen lectures extensively, conducts management training, and advises clients with respect to legislative and regulatory initiatives, corporate strategies, business ethics, social media, reorganizations and reductions-in-force, purchase/sale transactions, sexual harassment and other workplace conduct rules, compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, wrongful discharge and other workplace litigation, corporate campaigns and union organizing matters, collective bargaining, arbitration and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. He has been quoted by the press on many labor matters, including the National Labor Relations Board’s recent initiatives on protected concerted activity and the proposed Notice Posting requirements.