Justice System

New WC bills put worker at risk

By |2017-03-24T14:19:57+00:00March 20th, 2017|Justice System, Workers Compensation|

Three new bills have been supported by the Business Council of New York as reforms to workers' compensation insurance. In no subtle manner, the Business Council specifically favors the employer and insurance carrier in each of these bills, citing that some awards give too much back to the injured worker for too long a period [...]

Nassau County COBA fighting poor jail searches

By |2017-02-23T15:11:54+00:00February 15th, 2017|Justice System, Media, Officers, Work Injury|

An internal investigation into a former Nassau County jail nurse has reportedly been mishandled and Nassau County COBA President is fighting for answers.  After a long series of letters, articles, press conferences, and investigations, former Nassau County Jail nurse Chantiel Cox was charged and arrested February 3rd, 2017 for smuggling contraband to inmates. Nassau County [...]

Part two; Protecting our Correction Officers

By |2016-12-19T20:58:01+00:00October 20th, 2016|Justice System, Media, Officers|

Some time ago, I wrote a post titled From Illinois to New York, Solutions for Understaffed Jails. The articles referenced in the post outlined the grave environment that jails have transformed into for inmates and correction officers. An unsafe work environment for Corrections Officers ultimately leads to poor conditions for inmates. Inmates have quick and [...]

NPR, ProPublica call for federal oversight of Workers’ Compensation

By |2016-12-19T21:35:25+00:00October 6th, 2016|Justice System, Media, Work Injury, Workers Compensation|

Last fall, NPR and ProPublica did a series of articles and podcasts on the changes in Workers' Compensation legislation in 33 states. All of them resulted in the same thesis- federal oversight of the Workers' Compensation system is imperative after their studies had shown a pattern of harmful changes to the system in certain states. [...]

From New York to Illinois, Solutions For Understaffed Jails

By |2016-11-22T20:59:21+00:00September 23rd, 2016|Justice System, Media, Officers|

Teamsters Local 700 in Lake County, Illinois have stepped up for the areas overworked correctional officers. Too often are jails understaffed leaving their correctional officers working a recently mandated and regulated over time, putting themselves at more of a risk then they all ready do. Correctional officers also bear the weight of gender-specific duties. In [...]

LIU Brooklyn faculty lockout ends successfully for professors

By |2019-04-25T20:07:20+00:00September 15th, 2016|Justice System, Media|

In the aftermath of a faculty lockout that took place the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, the faculty and the university's administration have come to an agreement regarding a union contract renewal. The lockout ended Wednesday, September 14th, although classes were supposed to start the first week of this month. With thanks to professors, students, [...]

Tier 4 NYS Workers Compensation Guidelines

By |2020-06-15T20:50:22+00:00September 13th, 2016|Justice System|

Tier 4 NYS Workers Compensation Guidelines Most employees of the City of New York are members of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, or “NYCERS”. Most workers think of NYCERS in terms of their “Service Retirement”, when they have enough years of credited service and are the necessary age [...]

New York State Comptroller Announces Decrease in Pension Contribution Rates

By |2016-09-14T15:51:45+00:00September 13th, 2016|Justice System|

The New York State Comptroller recently announced that the contribution rates paid by state and local governments towards New York's pension funds will decrease. According to the Comptroller’s office the average rate of contribution will decrease to 18.2% for most public workers from 20.1%, the comptroller said. For police and firefighters, the employer rate will [...]

Standing Firm

By |2016-06-23T22:12:46+00:00May 30th, 2016|Justice System, Officers, Work Injury|

A New York State Correction Officer suffered severe injuries yesterday when a package, left at his home, exploded. Although it is mere presumption at this early juncture that this incident had anything to do with the officer’s job, the presumption begs the question “Who is protecting those that protect us?” The bedrock of our society [...]

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