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Health and Safety

Federal Court Restores Minimum, Overtime for Home-Care Workers

August 25, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Aug. 21 that almost 2 million home health-care workers are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay. The unanimous decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals restored Labor Department regulations that extended those protections to workers employed by third-party staffing agencies.

NY Combating Legionnaires' Disease

August 18, 2015
By Stephanie West

Governor Cuomo along with Mayor de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito announced the State and City would take the unprecedented step of jointly crafting and instituting uniform regulations to combat Legionnaires’ disease. The unparalleled outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx this summer, and other outbreaks across the state, have posed new challenges for both the city and state.

FEGS Pays $2.5 Million To Former Employees

August 18, 2015
By LaborPress Staff

FEGS workers have just scored an important victory.

New York, NY -  Former employees of the now bankrupt Federation of Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS) have been paid $2.5 million in accrued vacation pay, according the union representing workers. 

It’s of Primary Importance - to You and Your Family

August 12, 2015
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Government, Labor and Special Accounts

You’re healthy. You’re young. You don’t need a primary care physician, do you?

You bet you do.

Simply put, a primary care physician can help you build a plan for a better life – and often times, those conversations are best begun while you are perfectly healthy.  A primary care provider (PCP) can have such a big impact on your health based upon the relationship built with your doctor that deepens over the years. 

NYS Battles to Halt Legionella in the Bronx

August 11, 2015
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The state’s multi-agency deployment task force is continuing to test for Legionella bacteria throughout the Bronx. The State Mobile Command Center open at Hostos Community College, is leading this initiative. Outreach and testing by NYS personnel is taking place in several sections of the borough.

1199SEIU Raises Awareness for ALS Cure

August 10, 2015
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY – On Saturday August 8, 2015 in Central Park, 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East joined the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter in breaking the Guinness World Record to complete the largest simultaneous ice bucket challenge in the United States. The even was conducted to raise awareness and funding for medical research and direct patient care services for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).

White House Plans to Mandate Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

August 10, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

The Obama administration is preparing an executive order that would require any company with a federal contract to give employees paid sick leave. According to a “pre-decisional and deliberative” draft obtained by the New York Times, it would mandate that both contractors and subcontractors give seven days of paid time off a year for workers who are sick, going to the doctor, or taking care of a family member. Workers would also accrue credit for sick days they didn’t use. The Labor Department will issue official regulations by Sept. 30, 2016. Read more

NYC Legionnaires' Disease Update

July 31, 2015
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett hve announced that City health officials have identified and are overseeing the cleaning of two sources of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx. The two sources already identified are cooling towers at Lincoln Hospital and Concourse Plaza.

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