February 22, 2016
VSEA learned today that the Vermont Labor Relations Board (VLRB) ruled to overturn an employee’s termination, saying the State violated the collective bargaining agreement by delaying any action on the employee’s discipline for almost a year. The VLRB adds that the State’s delay is evidence that the discipline imposed was initially too harsh.
VSEA General Counsel Tim Belcher says this case was especially egregious because the employee did not even learn s/he was being investigated–nor was s/he put on temporary relief of duty–until unexpectedly receiving a Loudermill letter. Belcher also applauded and thanked past VSEA Associate General Counsel Justin St. James for his work on the case, prior to leaving VSEA.
Great job VSEA Legal Team!