The National Labor Relations Board (Board) continues its scrutiny of employer policies—this time striking down an email policy designed to ensure that health care employees provide patient care without distraction. UPMC, 362 NLRB No. 191 (August 27, 2015). To read the full story, click here.
Natale V. Di Natale
Natale Di Natale focuses his practice on all facets of management-side labor relations and employment law. Natale has been practicing labor and employment law in Connecticut since 1996. During his 15 years of practice, Natale has devoted his practice almost exclusively to private sector labor law, including in the health care setting. He has worked with numerous acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and home care service providers. He also represents manufacturing, utility, and building services employers.
Natale provides advice and represents employers with respect to labor issues arising in numerous contexts, including preventive labor relations; union avoidance; contract negotiations; grievance resolution; arbitration; unfair labor practice proceedings; administrative proceedings; bargaining unit issues; mergers, acquisitions, and other affiliations; successorship; strikes, strike preparation, and lockouts; and bankruptcy. See his full bio on rc.com.
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