DLR:Healthcare Changes by Town of Northbridge Improper

The Division of Labor Relations recently ruled that the town of Northbridge acted improperly when it unilaterally implemented changes to the health insurance benefits without notice to employees and opportunity to bargain over the changes.

The case, In the Matter of: Town of Northbridge, et al. and Northbridge Teachers Association 21-033-10 (Case Nos. MUP-07-5008 and MUP-07-5009) (Oct. 8, 2010) stated “Where the town of Northbridge did not give the teachers association prior notice and an opportunity to bargain to resolution or impasse over health insurance plan design changes, the town committed a labor law violation.

The town will, accordingly, be directed: to restore to bargaining unit members the cost and structure of co-payments for physician office visits, inpatient hospital and outpatient surgery, emergency room visits and prescription drugs for all health insurance plans that was in place prior to July 1, 2007; and upon request, bargain with the association, in good faith to resolution or impasse before implementing any changes in health insurance copayments.”

Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

About Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

Ronald A. Sellon is a licensed Attorney in the state of Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, Massachusetts as well as a Sergeant with a Municipal Police Department and U.S. military Veteran. Additionally, he has taught Criminal Procedure at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree and has written a text on Criminal Procedure for police field training officer programs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, was a 2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) Presidents award and holds a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Juris Doctor Law Degree. Questions related to content material may be directed to RSellon@PoliceLegalPromotions.com
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