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State of New York vs. COVID-19 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo periodically updates New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The latest reports of the number of new cases, the percentage of tests that were positive and many other relevant data points concerning COVID-19 are available at forward.ny.gov.

N.B. §22 of the New York State's General Construction Law, in pertinent part, provides that “Whenever words of the masculine or feminine gender appear in any law, rule or regulation, unless the sense of the sentence indicates otherwise, they shall be deemed to refer to both male or female persons.” NYPPL applies this protocol to individuals referred to in a decision self-identifying as LGBTQA+.

June 13, 2012

Failure to cooperate defeats allegations the union violated Civil Service Law §209-a [The Taylor Law] when it withdrew from representing the individual in a disciplinary proceeding


Failure to cooperate defeats allegations the union violated Civil Service Law §209-a [The Taylor Law] when it withdrew from representing the individual in a disciplinary proceeding
Ronald Grassel and United Federation Of Teachers, Local 2, PERB Case U-29040

PERB Administrative Law Judge Blassman dismissed the charge which alleged that the United Federation of Teachers [UFT] violated §209-a.2(a) and (c) of the Act when it withdrew as Grassel’s representative in his Education Law §3020-a disciplinary proceeding.

The ALJ found that the UFT did not act arbitrarily, discriminatory or in bad faith when it withdrew as Grassel’s representative, the standard required for such violations.

The record showed that NYSUT, which was representing Grassel on behalf of the UFT, withdrew as Grassel’s representative because Grassel sent a letter to the arbitrator in which he made various motions and requests to the arbitrator and refused to rescind that letter upon NYSUT’s request. The ALJ found that, by making motions and requests normally reserved for the assigned attorney, Grassel had failed to cooperate with NYSUT in his representation and had impinged upon the negotiating representative’s rights under the Act to make litigation and trial decisions.

Public Personnel Law E-books

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Disability Leave for fire, police and other public sector personnel - A 1098 page e-book focusing on disability benefits available to public officers and employees employed by New York State and its political subdivisions. For more information click on http://booklocker.com/books/3916.html