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HIPPA, nondiscrimination requirements and health factors

Union members in New York should know certain facts about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), how it works and when they are shielded from discrimination. Since health coverage has become such a hot topic and its status is growing more confusing, having coverage as part of an agreement for employee benefits is more important. Knowing facts about HIPAA is vital.

How can you enforce your rights under U.S. labor law?

Workers in New York and across the U.S. have always been vulnerable to the whims of ownership and management. Union representation has provided layers of protection to workers to keep them from being underpaid, overworked, deprived of rights they are legally entitled to and much more. However, there are still times when employers will try to stop workers from exercising certain rights or will violate those rights. Unions themselves sometimes commit violations. It is in these situations that workers need to be aware of how the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, can help.

What information am I entitled to with ERISA?

For many workers in New York, there are a multitude of benefits that they are not completely certain or informed about. Workers have the right to request and receive information about plans they are involved in as part of their employee benefits package. One is ERISA - the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. For workers who are having an issue regarding ERISA or are not getting information they have requested, it is important to know their rights.

What if my employer requires medical certification for FMLA?

In New York, employee rights and benefits workers are supposed to receive under labor law is a common cause for dispute. There could be a variety of reasons for this. In some instances, the employer wants to make it as difficult as possible for an employee to use such benefits as the Family and Medical Leave Act. Regardless of the reason, an employer has the right to requests that an employee provide medical certification as to the reason for the absence. It is important to know what the law says about medical certification in the event the employer does not provide the benefits after the request for information was followed.

Two nurse unions in New York set a strike date

There is a wide variety of employee benefits afforded to union members. Union membership is often looked at as a means to protect these rights while also having the ability to negotiate for better pay and work conditions. Another right afforded to unions is the right to strike. This action could occur if and when the negotiating process does not result in a resolution and the union members seek to prove their stance on the matter.

What are the arbitration proceedings for union members?

As previously discussed, being part of a union can have a wide variety of benefits. Union members in New York and other states are able to collectively bargain, helping them make improvements in work conditions, receive better pay and even further protect their employee rights. While many things can be accomplished through union membership, various disputes and labor law issues are experienced. Thus, certain measures must be taken to resolve these matters.

Resolving labor disputes through grievance mediation

Employees have many concerns regarding their rights in the workplace. When it comes to certain rights, some union members are fully aware how of their rights. However, some may wonder how far these rights extend. These questions are certain to develop if a disagreement or dispute evolves. While it might seem challenging to find a resolution in these situations, it is imperative to understand that certain mechanisms have been designed for unions.

New York union bargaining impacted by budget

Being part of a union can be a positive and beneficial experience for some employees in New York. Union members are afforded certain employee benefits, and these benefits are protected by the employee's membership within the union. One of these benefits is collective bargaining. Whether an employee seeks to negotiate wage, hours, or other work condition details, this process helps union member negotiate a fair and workable agreement.

What is collective bargaining?

In some New York industries, employees are able to join a union. Whether an individual has been part of a labor union before or not, it is important to note that being part of a union affords members certain employee benefits. These benefits do not only profit an employee but also promote a positive employment relationship between an employer and an employee. One unique benefit labor union membership can provide is collective bargaining.

Helping you protect your employee rights

Employees in the United States expect certain rights and benefits in the workplace. While all workers might not be fully aware how far these employee rights extend, it is clear that employees have the right to take action if they believe they are not having his or her rights or employee benefits upheld. In these matters, disputes could erupt and employees that are part of a union could take steps to protect these rights.

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