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October 6 , 2006
Contact: Richard P. Grimes
703-894-1805, ext. 210
 

National Labor Relations Board Ruling Sets New Standard for Supervisors

ALEXANDRIA, VA—A decision issued October 3 by the National Labor Relations Board set a new standard for determining who is a supervisor. The ruling settles a dispute involving attempts by the United Auto Workers to organize registered nurses at Oakwood Heritage Hospital in suburban Detroit. The ruling sides with the hospital, which argued that the nurses should be deemed supervisors and therefore not eligible for union representation under federal law.

According to a Washington Post report, the ruling defines workers as supervisors “if they give assignments to other workers, if they are held responsible for the performance of those assignments, and if they exercise independent judgment rather than follow an employer’s detailed instructions.”

“The new ruling applies directly to assisted living and other forms of long-term care, clarifies the definition of ‘supervisor,’ will provide much-needed guidance to our members, and will be incorporated into our ALFA Employer of Choice program” says Richard Grimes, ALFA president/CEO.

ALFA has engaged Jackson Lewis LLP to partner in the development of the ALFA Employer of Choice program—designed, in part, to inform members about labor issues affecting the senior living industry. 

About the Assisted Living Federation of America
The Assisted Living Federation of America is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally operated assisted living communities for seniors. ALFA’s member-driven programs promote business and operational excellence through national conferences, research, publications, and executive networks. ALFA works to influence public policy by advocating for informed choice, quality care, and accessibility for all Americans

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