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UPS union members who work in freight authorize strike

New Yorkers who are in a union or is seeking to join one should keep an eye on how employers treat employees during these collective bargaining sessions. Not only can it impact daily lives -- especially if it is a prominent company -- but it can provide a roadmap as to how labor relations should be handled. Union members or prospective union members should keep track of these situations and, of course, have legal assistance with their own case.

Union members at office building strike over wages and benefits

In New York, workaday people are the city's lifeblood. They maintain, keep things running smoothly, and go about their jobs in an understated and professional way. These workers include cleaners for office buildings. For them, the jobs can be physically demanding and they are often underappreciated. For those who find themselves dealing with issues getting the wages they are owed and do not get the benefits they are entitled to, it is crucial that they remember their rights under labor law.

Maximum period and early termination of COBRA

New York workers count health coverage as one of the most important benefits they consider when they take a job. Workers who lose health benefits can select from a group health plan for a certain time-period if the loss of those benefits was because of job loss, having their work hours reduced, switching from one job to another, and for other reasons. This is known as the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). For those who meet the qualifications to get COBRA, it is important to remember certain facts about it. Two that are vital are the maximum periods for which the worker can be covered, and when early termination might happen. Union representation is key to ensuring members of the union have their COBRA benefits as they are entitled.

Developer and construction union members' dispute sparks protest

There are certain industries that are part of the New York City landscape in more ways than one. When thinking about the famous skyline, the bridges and other notable structures, it is unavoidable to think about those who built them - the construction workers. History has been littered with issues between the unionized members of the construction industry and developers and it is imperative that these workers remember the importance of having legal assistance with labor relations to protect its union members.

Employees at MoMA protest as labor union negotiates

New York City workers have long fought for their employee benefits through collective bargaining and there often requires a certain amount of showmanship to ensure that their issues are known to the public. This is especially true in jobs where it is frequently forgotten that people are an integral part of maintaining operations. In situations where workers are employed at prominent locations and landmarks, it becomes even more vital to make their labor issues known. As with any case in which employee benefits are at the root of the negotiation, having legal assistance from a law firm that specializes in representing labor unions is one of the key factors.

Forced retirement shines light on EMT employee benefits

For many New York City workers, the main reason they take certain jobs is because of the benefits they get for doing them. This goes beyond financial compensation and includes vacation time, sick pay and health care benefits. When these workers become injured or ill, they have a right to expect the employer to uphold their part of the bargain. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as ancillary issues -- often financial -- can spark attempts on the part of the employer to circumnavigate paying these employee benefits. This is made worse when it is the city itself that is trying to avoid compensating employees and the injuries or illnesses that came about during tragic events.

Can flight attendants and crewmembers use FMLA?

New York is a transit hub and given the number of airports in the area, there are many airline employees who reside in the city. Those who are concerned about their employee benefits under the law should be aware that in certain circumstances, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will have different rules for some workers. One is for airline employees who work as flight crew members and flight attendants. While FMLA gives unpaid time off for medical reasons and for specific family members, it is important for these airline employees to know how the variances in coverage based on their occupation affects them.

Understanding who can get continuing coverage via COBRA

For New York union members who are facing the prospect of needing to get healthcare in the interim when there will be an interruption should know about the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). COBRA can be an essential benefit. However, many people might not know who is eligible to receive COBRA. Knowing who is entitled is the first step toward using it. If there are issues with eligibility and those who should be eligible are not being given the right to COBRA, it might be necessary to have legal assistance.

Wage and hour disputes roil caterers at local airports

When people are traveling in and around the New York City area, they will encounter many different workers who rely on the reality that New York is such an important destination point and transfer station. Although these workers often blend in with the scenery, they have disputes and goals in terms of employment compensation just like everyone else. While many disagreements about employee benefits center around issues such as time off and breaks, even more disagreements stem from wage and hour disputes. With that in mind, it is imperative to have legal assistance to settle these disputes and maximize employment benefits.

Am I eligible for Paid Family Leave if I cannot use FMLA?

As New York City has taken steps to provide more benefits to workers who would like to take time off for family matters, certain questions and issues will inevitably arise. Workers can now take time off for Paid Family Leave. This is in conjunction with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Workers who do not meet the threshold to get time off under FMLA can use Paid Family Leave in New York. However, it is vital to understand who is eligible.

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