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.
One of the most important benefits that an employee can have when working is health coverage. The ongoing debate in government as to how health benefits will be dealt with hammers home the point as to how much of a hot button issue this is. Union members should be aware of certain aspects of their rights under labor law when it comes to health coverage. One such aspect is the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1986, known under the acronym "COBRA."
Fast food employees in New York City will soon see a change in how they are scheduled. A new law, supported by local labor unions, requires employers to make employee schedules sooner and pay them for last minute changes, according to Reuters. The change is part of a larger shift in wage and lifestyle protections for low-wage workers.
There are certain types of jobs in which employers assert that it is all-but impossible to allow their workers to unionize. With these jobs, there are frequently abuses perpetrated against these workers and they are a violation of labor law whether the workers have unionized or not. Often, the workers will try to form a labor union to be granted the rights and protections they otherwise might not get. Workers who are seeking these rights should discuss their case with an experienced labor attorney.
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.