803 KAR 3:030. Unfair labor practice complaints

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/803/003/030.htm
Published: 2015

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      803 KAR 3:030. Unfair labor practice



      RELATES TO: KRS 345.070, 345.120



State Labor Relations Board is authorized by KRS 345.120(7) to promulgate uniform

rules necessary to carry out its duties. The function of this administrative

regulation is to establish general rules for the Board relating to the

administrative and adjudicatory handling of unfair labor practice complaints.

This administrative regulation is to establish general rules for the State

Labor Relations Board relating to the administrative and adjudicatory handling

of unfair labor practice complaints filed under the Firefighters Collective

Bargaining Act.


      Section 1. Who may File a Complaint. A

complaint that a person has engaged or is engaging in an unfair labor practice

may be submitted by any party in interest. Such complaint shall be in writing

upon a form provided by the board, the original being signed and sworn to

before any person authorized to administer oaths or acknowledgments. Five (5)

additional copies of the complaint shall be filed.


      Section 2. Complaint. The complaint shall


      (1) The full name and address of the

person making the complaint, hereinafter referred to as the complainant;

      (2) The full name and address of the

person against whom the complaint is made; hereinafter referred to as the


      (3) A clear and concise statement of the

facts constituting the alleged unfair labor practice or practices, including

the time and place of occurrence of particular acts and the names of all

persons involved.


      Section 3. Service of Complaint. On the

filing of a complaint, the board shall immediately serve on all parties in

interest a copy thereof and a notice of a hearing by return receipt mail to

their last known post office address. The hearing will be held not less than

five (5) days after notice is served upon the respective parties.


      Section 4. Answer. The person or persons

complained of may file an answer before the hearing or at the hearing. The

answer shall contain a clear and concise statement of the facts which

constitute a defense. The answer shall specifically admit, deny, or explain

each allegation of the complaint, unless the person complained of shall be

without knowledge, in which case he shall so state. Any allegation in the

complaint not specifically denied in the answer, unless it is stated in that

answer that the respondent is without knowledge, shall be deemed to be admitted

as true. If no answer is filed, its absence shall be deemed a general denial.


      Section 5. Filing and Service of Answer.

If an answer is filed, the original and five (5) copies of the answer shall be

signed and filed with the board, the original being sworn in. The respondent

shall serve a copy upon each of the other parties.


      Section 6. Amendment to Complaint and

Answer. Any complaint or answer may be amended at any time prior to the

issuance of a final order by the board.


      Section 7. Notice of Hearing. Notice of

the time and place of a hearing shall be given to all parties. The hearing will

be held in the office of the Office of Kentucky Department of Labor,

Louisville, Kentucky except as otherwise agreed by the board and the parties.


      Section 8. Hearing Procedure. A hearing

will be held at specified times in which the claimants shall complete proof as

far as possible. Upon request of either party, extra time to complete proof may

be granted. Hearings will be conducted in a manner properly suited to ascertain

the substantial rights of the parties and to determine the outcome fairly and



      Section 9. Postponement of Hearing.

Postponements, ordinarily will not be allowed, except in case of an extreme

emergency or in unusual circumstances. No postponements in excess of twenty

(20) days shall be allowed.


      Section 10. Examination of Witnesses.

Witnesses shall be examined under oath. Opposing parties shall have the right

to cross examine any witness whose testimony is introduced by an adverse party.


      Section 11. Stipulation of Fact. In any

such proceeding, stipulations of fact may be introduced into evidence with

respect to any issue.


      Section 12. Exhibits. In the absence of

objection by another party, exhibits shall be entered as evidence and marked

with an appropriate designation.


      Section 13. Rules of Evidence. Hearings

before the board shall not be governed by the rules of evidence prevailing in

the courts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. However, due regard will be had for

generally accepted rules of administrative agency hearings in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


      Section 14. Standards of Conduct. All

persons appearing in any proceeding shall conform to the standards of ethical

conduct. Impetuous conduct at a hearing will not be tolerated and will be

considered as grounds for exclusion.


      Section 15. Computation of Time. In

computing any period of time prescribed or allowed in these rules, the day from

which the designated period begins to run shall not be included. The last day

of the period so computed shall be included unless it is a Saturday, Sunday,

and federal or state holidays shall not be counted.


      Section 16. Decisions of the Board. After

the close of a hearing, the board shall make and file findings of fact and an

order which shall be signed by a board member and dated. The order, which shall

state the determination as to the rights of the parties, shall either dismiss

or sustain the complaint in whole or in part; or require the respondent to

cease and desist from prohibited practices and take such affirmative action as

will effect the policies and intent of KRS 345.010 to 345.130.


      Section 17. Review of Findings. (1) Right

to file, time. Within twenty (20) days from the date that a copy of the

findings of fact, conclusions of law and order of the single member or examiner

was mailed to the last known address of the parties in interest, any party in

interest, who is dissatisfied with such findings of fact, conclusions of law

and order, may file a written petition with the board, and at the same time

cause copies thereof to be served upon the other parties, to review such

findings of fat, conclusions of law or order. If the board is satisfied that a

party in interest has been prejudiced because of exceptional delay in the

receipt of a copy of any findings of fact, conclusion of law or order, it may

extend time another twenty (20) days of filing the petition for review.

      (2) Petition for review. This shall

briefly state the grounds of dissatisfaction with the findings of fact,

conclusions of law and order, and such review may be requested on the following


      (a) That any finding of material fact is

clearly erroneous is established by the clear and satisfactory preponderance of

the evidence and prejudicially affects the right of the petitioner designating

all relevant portions of the record.

      (b) That a substantial question of law or

administrative policy is raised by any necessary legal conclusions in such



That the conduct of the hearings or the preparation of the findings, conclusion

of law or order involved a prejudicial procedural error, specifying in detail

the nature thereof and designated portions of the record, if appropriate. (3

Ky.R. 423; Am. 688; eff. 4-6-77; TAm eff. 8-9-2007.)