In January, NAPE scored a major victory when DHHS rescinded its short sighted “business casual” dress code policy. Since the dress code was rescinded, certain leaders at DHHS have decided to ignore our agreement with the DAS Employee Relations Division under the guise of “the 2017 policy allows us to require whatever clothing we want.”
Because of the actions of certain DHHS managers, NAPE filed a new grievance on February 19. DHHS has until March 12 to respond to our latest grievance. If DHHS does not rescind the latest iteration of the “new dress code” and the state refuses to bargain over this matter, we will file a prohibited practice charge with the Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations (CIR) to begin the litigation process. In the meantime, our advice is to obey supervisor directives regarding dress.
While DHHS management may use bully tactics and threats, we will defend our rights through the legal process. We are fully prepared to fight this battle and we will not back down! Together we are NAPE Strong!