NLBR Pushes to Make Labor Law-Breaking More Expensive

Companies have been breaking labor laws and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is looking to force employers into a new practice. A memo detailing how to file for reimbursement of workers’ other expenses was issued on July 28. Past-due fees for illness, mortgage or insurance may be able to be covered. These issues can be covered as a result of lost job due to labor law-breaking actions on behalf of a company.

“The board should not require the victims of unfair labor practices to bear the consequential costs imposed on them by a respondent’s unlawful conduct,” states the memo.

“Similarly, employees who lose employer-furnished health insurance coverage as the result of an unfair labor practice should be compensated for the penalties charged to the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act and the cost of restoring the old policy or purchasing a new policy providing comparable coverage, in addition to any medical costs incurred due to loss of insurance coverage that have been routinely awarded by the board,” it adds.

An example of this new practice would have employers paying late fees for an injured worker’s house, but they will not be responsible for saving that worker’s house. This memo pushes for more compensation than the standard labor laws suggest.

The goals of this memo is to remedy the actions of unlawful firing, but is not expected to be a deterrent in unlawful firing.

Source: PAI