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Jun 08 2017 Conclusion of the NYSHIP Policy Memorandum 122R3 Litigation

KEEPING YOU INFORMED… We are writing as a follow up to our March 10, 2017 client memorandum (attached) regarding the litigation challenging NYSHIP’s Policy Memorandum 122r3. That Memorandum prohibited participating employers and agencies from allowing buyouts from a NYSHIP plan for employees who were enrolled…

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May 08 2017 Impact of Half Days on Receipt of State Aid

KEEPING YOU INFORMED… The New York State Education Department recently issued a guidance memo to all school districts and BOCES clarifying the impact of half days upon the 180 session days required to receive the full amount of State aid.  That memo is available at:…

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Mar 10 2017 NYSHIP Litigation Update

KEEPING YOU INFORMED… We are writing to update you regarding the litigation challenging NYSHIP’s Policy Memorandum 122r3. The NYSHIP memo prohibits participating employers and agencies from allowing buyouts from a NYSHIP plan for employees who were enrolled in other NYSHIP coverage during the buyout period….

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Mar 10 2017 Recall Rights

KEEPING YOU INFORMED… We are writing to inform you that the New York State Commissioner of Education has recently, for the first time, ruled that an educator’s service as a full-time regular substitute that does not ripen into a probationary appointment must be included, for…

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Feb 27 2017 Federal and State Guidance Regarding Transgender Students

KEEPING YOU INFORMED… We are writing to inform you that the United States Departments of Education and Justice (“the Departments”) recently rescinded the federal guidance contained in their joint May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague Letter” on Transgender Students and in the Department of Education’s January…

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Feb 22 2017 Managerial and Confidential Employees

KEEPING YOU INFORMED… We suggest that, at least once each year, you review the composition of your bargaining units to determine whether there are any employees who should be removed due to their “managerial” or “confidential” status. Employees who are formally designated as either “managerial”…

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Feb 14 2017 Romance in the Workplace

KEEPING YOU INFORMED… With Valentine’s Day upon us and love in the air, we would like to offer an overview of potential legal issues that may arise from workplace romances, as well as some of the best practices that employers should consider adopting when dealing…

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