Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Individual has no right to have another position created should the program in which he or she served is discontinued


Individual has no right to have another position created should the program in which he or she served is discontinued
Niroomand v. St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators, 82 A.D.2d 939

When the County Laboratory System was discontinued, hospitals using the service were expected to obtain laboratory service elsewhere or provide their own.

The former Director of the County Laboratory was not hired by any of the hospitals. She then attempted to compel the County to grant her permanent Civil Service status, retroactively, and then appoint her to an appropriate position pursuant to Section 70 of the Civil Service Law, or place her on a preferred list (Section 80, CSL).

The Appellate Division decided that there was no transfer of functions that would serve to entitle the former employee to a Section 70 transfer, noting that the closing of the Laboratory was to save money and avoid a duplication of services.

Holding the question of granting permanent civil service status academic, the court observed that even if Niroomand held such status, she was neither entitled to employment by any of the hospitals nor to placement on a preferred list because “it is unlikely that a County Laboratory will be re-established and there is no one whom [Niroomand] can displace”.

Significantly, the court indicated that the hospitals involved do not have to create a position for her.

N.B. Placement on a preferred list flows from a right created by Section 80 of the Civil Service Law, not whether placement pursuant to Section 81 of such law is expected or materializes.

Handbooks focusing on State and Municipal Public Personnel Law continue to be available for purchase via the links provided below:

The Discipline Book at http://thedisciplinebook.blogspot.com/

Challenging Adverse Personnel Decisions at http://nypplarchives.blogspot.com

The Disability Benefits E-book: at http://section207.blogspot.com/

Layoff, Preferred Lists at http://nylayoff.blogspot.com/

Caution:

Subsequent court and administrative rulings, or changes to laws, rules and regulations may have modified or clarified or vacated or reversed the decisions summarized here. Accordingly, these summaries should be Shepardized® or otherwise checked to make certain that the most recent information is being considered by the reader.

THE MATERIAL ON THIS WEBSITE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. CHANGES IN LAWS, RULES, REGULATIONS AND NEW COURT AND ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS MAY AFFECT THE ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS LAWBLOG. THE MATERIAL PRESENTED IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE AND THE USE OF ANY MATERIAL POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP.

Consistent with the Declaration of Principles jointly adopted by a Committee of the American Bar Association and a Committee of Publishers and Associations, the material in this blog is presented with the understanding that the publisher is not providing legal advice to the reader and in the event legal or other expert assistance is needed, the reader should seek such advice from a competent professional.

Items published in NYPPL may not be used for commercial purposes without prior written permission to copy and distribute such material. Send your request via e-mail to publications@nycap.rr.com

Copyright© 1987 - 2017 by the Public Employment Law Press.



___________________



N.B. From time to time a political ad or endorsement may appear in the sidebar of this Blog. NYPPL does not have any control over such posting.

_____________________

.