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August 26, 2015
By Larry Cary

I say let the desnuda of Times Square alone.  The law says that women can display their breasts in public.  And the law says that panhandling is protected by the First Amendment.

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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. 

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July 27, 2015
By Larry Cary

I can't believe that Governor Chris Christie is claiming that if elected President he would revive the Hudson River tunnel project he scuttled during his first term as governor.  That project was sorely needed at the time and for future development of New Jersey and New York City's economy.   

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May 21, 2015
By Larry Cary

Last week’s rankings by U.S. News & World Report of the “Best High Schools” in the country offer surprising support for the advocates of keeping the SHSAT – the Specialized High School Admissions Test – as the sole criteria for selecting students for admission to eight of the 400 public high schools and 700 high school programs serving the children of New York City.  The test-in schools are, with rare exception, the highest academically ranked schools in New York City.

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January 2, 2015
By Larry Cary

During 2014 the National Labor Relations Board continued to issue decisions aimed at protecting and advancing workers’ right and did so by overturning harmful older case law.  When these decisions are considered together, the Board has clearly set the table for 2015 by allowing unions to more effectively organize the unorganized by winning quick union representation elections.

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March 7, 2014
By Larry Cary

Last week I spoke at Labor Press’s healthcare conference about the challenges posed by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to union health and welfare funds.  They are significant, in part, because in writing the law almost no thought was given to the unique character and needs of multi-employer union health plans.  Indeed, one of the chief criticisms of the new law is that it was drafted with the heavy involvement of the private insurance industry.

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January 31, 2014
By Larry Cary

The New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”), which amends the New York City Human Rights Law, went into effect on January 30, 2014.  

The PWFA prohibits discrimination against pregnant employees and new mothers making it unlawful for an employer to refuse to provide reasonable accommodations for medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.  An employer can only deny an employee’s request for an accommodation if such a request would cause an “undue hardship” or if the employee cannot, with reasonable accommodation, satisfy the “essential requisites” of her job. The employer has the burden of proving that the employee’s request for an accommodation would create an undue hardship.

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September 5, 2013
By Larry Cary

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision in State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition v. Rowland, finding that Connecticut violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution when it reduced the state’s unionized workforce in 2003 after the unions rejected the government’s demand that it agree to significant cuts in employee benefits. 

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