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What does the new construction training law mean for workers?

It's no secret that construction work is among the most dangerous jobs in America. Potential safety hazards manifest themselves every day. Employees, contractors and unions alike must always be vigilant in preventing accidents. With the help of collective bargaining and labor unions, construction workers have been able to secure better safety standards throughout the years, but there is still work to be done.

What notice am I required to give an employer when using FMLA?

When New York employees seek to exercise their rights to time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), there are certain factors their union leadership and they must be aware of to comply with the law. For example, when an employee is eligible for FMLA and is set to use it, there are certain requirements that must be adhered to when informing the employer. If there is an issue with the employee taking leave or there are allegations as to a failure to adhere to protocol, legal help might be necessary.

Understanding how FMLA is useful to eligible workers

New Yorkers should be aware that U.S. labor law gives them the right to take advantage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), should the need arise. With FMLA, there are certain employee benefits available to take time off for a variety of health-related and personal reasons without fear of losing the job. There are eligibility requirements with FMLA, but once a person is eligible, he or she can use it. Amid these benefits, it is important to know what benefits FMLA provides.

What are my rights when returning to work under the FMLA?

The Family and Medical Leave Act is an important part of employment law. There are numerous issues that are dealt with under the FMLA, including when the person who took the allowed time under the law decides to return to work. There are times when people try to get back to work after utilizing FMLA and find themselves marginalized, transferred or face some other unexpected change that might be a violation of labor law. If this does happen, it could be the basis of employment litigation.

Is a pro-union environment growing in the fast food industry?

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.

Agricultural workers seek to receive labor law protection

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.

Vincent F. Pitta honored by the New York Board of Rabbis

Being recognized for your accomplishments and contributions is a very honorable experience. Such an occasion occurred recently, recognizing Vincent F. Pitta, who is the founding and managing partner of Pitta, LLP. This law firm is recognized for providing legal advocacy for labor union members in the state of New York. And for his notable work and contributions to society and the legal community, Vincent F. Pitta was honored at the New York Board of Rabbis.

What are wage and hour rights protected by labor laws?

Upon starting a job, there are certain aspects and rights that remain crucial and necessary. While some of these benefits are added perks for the job, others are specific benefits that are afforded to employees because of employee rights and labor laws. Arguably, the two most important benefits that employees are concerned about are wage and hour rights. These rights focus on the wages and fair pay of employees, and for some workers, joining a union is the best way for employees inn New York and elsewhere to ensure that these rights are continually met and protected.

Benefits of striking and collective bargaining for union members

As previous posts have discussed, union members have powerful tools available to them to address employment or labor law issues. Two of the most important tools are collective bargaining and striking. These fair labor practices were written into law in 1935, which is when the National Labor Relations Act was passed. In the past years, these laws have been adjusted and modified in order to create a better balance between unions and employers.

What the NLRB considers to be a protected concerted activity

Standing up for employee rights and working together with other employees can be a very beneficial process to be involved in. Being part of a union can help ensure that certain rights are protected and even restored if they were unlawfully taken away. The National Labor Relations Board or the NLRB help enforce the laws that protect the rights for employees to act together in an attempt to improve their pay and working conditions.

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