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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Appointment of hearing officer and due process

Appointment of hearing officer and due process
Alhmeyer v. Retirement System, 82 A.D.2d 954

An employee occasionally may challenge the results of a disciplinary action on the grounds that due process had been denied because the appointing officer designated the hearing officer to consider the disciplinary action.

In Alhmeyer v. Retirement System, 82 A.D.2d 954, the Appellate Division held that in the absence of a factual showing of some impropriety in the hearing process, the mere fact that the Comptroller appointed the hearing officer and the doctors who examined Alhmeyer on behalf of the Retirement System does not constitute a denial of due process.

It is believed that courts would apply the same standard with respect to the appointment of hearing officers in disciplinary actions pursuant to Section 75 of the Civil Service Law as well as in hearings required pursuant to Sections 71, 72 and 73 of the Civil Service Law and similar administrative proceedings.

Handbooks focusing on New York State and Municipal Public Personnel Law:

The Discipline Book - A 458 page guide to disciplinary actions involving public officers and employees. For more information click on http://booklocker.com/books/5215.html

The Layoff, Preferred List and Reinstatement Manual - a 645 page e-book reviewing the relevant laws, rules and regulations, and selected court and administrative decisions. For more information click on http://booklocker.com/books/5216.html

The Disability Benefits E-book: - This 810 page e-book focuses on disability benefits available to officers and employees in public service pursuant to Civil Service Law §§71, 72 and 73, General Municipal Law §207-a and §207-c, the Retirement and Social Security Law, the Workers’ Compensation Law, and similar provisions of law. For more information click on: http://section207.blogspot.com/

A Reasonable Penalty Under The Circumstances - a 618-page volume focusing on New York State court and administrative decisions addressing an appropriate disciplinary penalty to be imposed on an employee in the public service found guilty of misconduct or incompetence. For more information click on http://booklocker.com/7401.html

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