Labor News & Articles

The Value of Apprenticeship Programs

The construction industry has long supported and recognized the value of apprenticeship programs.  The value of these programs –to both workers and businesses — is confirmed yet again in a recent article released by the U.S. Economics and Statistics Administration. The text from that article can be found here: THE BENEFITS AND COSTS OF APPRENTICESHIPS:… Read more »

Labor Jeers Stingy Con Ed; Pushes New Prevailing Wage Bill

Labor Jeers Stingy Con Ed; Pushes New Prevailing Wage Bill May 21, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco Labor leaders Vincent Alvarez, Kyle Bragg and Jim Slevin criticize Con Ed. New York, NY – A new bill introduced in the State Assembly could soon have a big impact on the lives of underpaid contract security guards and… Read more »

Marty Glennon quoted in Newsday Article on Post-Sandy Clean-up Contract Probe

newsday.com http://www.newsday.com/long-island/ny-labor-laws-at-center-of-sandy-cleanup-contract-probes-1.5068720 NY labor laws at center of Sandy cleanup contract probes April 13, 2013 by KEITH HERBERT AND SARAH CRICHTON / keith.herbert@newsday.com,sarah.crichton@newsday.com Labor laws designed to keep workers from being exploited, and ensure taxpayers aren’t shorted, are at the center of investigations into post-Sandy cleanup on Long Island. Sources in Nassau and Suffolk counties… Read more »

Obama Nominates Justice Aide for Labor Post

The New York Times WASHINGTON – President Obama on Monday nominated Thomas E. Perez, who heads the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, to be the next secretary of labor, a choice that promises to provoke a debate with Republicans about voting rights and discrimination. Mr. Perez would replace Hilda L. Solis, who stepped… Read more »

US DOL Announces Major Madoff-Related Benefit Funds Case Settlement

In a settlement that “should go a long way toward making victims financially whole and, hopefully, closing a painful chapter for many workers and families”, US DOL Assistant Secretary of Labor Phyllis Borzi and the NYS Attorney General’s Office announced a settlement that will net over $220 million dollars for Taft-Hartley funds — many in… Read more »

Major USDOL Wage and Hour Settlement

The US Department of Labor entered into a settlement with a major affordable housing industry prime contractor/developer – Lettire Construction — that has held Lettire responsible, as a prime contractor, for the liability of its subcontractors. As a part of the settlement, Lettire is responsible for the wage underpayments of all of its subcontractors. A… Read more »

Volunteer Firehouse Construction Deemed Public Work

In an important decision, the Appellate Division Third Department upheld the Department of Labor’s determination that construction work on a volunteer firehouse was public work subject to the mandates of Article 8 of the Labor Law (the “Prevailing Wage Law”).  In MATTER OF M.G.M. INSULATION, INC. v. GARDNER, 2011 NY Slip Op 05996, (July 21,… Read more »

Governor Cuomo Launches Long Island Regional Economic Development Council

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched his Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, which will redesign the relationship between the state government and businesses to stimulate regional economic development and create jobs statewide. The Governor was joined by local officials, business leaders, and community members to launch the Regional Council at the SUNY College at… Read more »

Hospitality Wage Order Finalized

The New York State Department of Labor, adopting many of the recommendations made by the 2009 Wage Board (which included ABGL attorney James W. Versocki), has finalized the new Hospitality Wage Order.  The new order will impact both the restaurant and hotel industries and their work force.  The new Hospitality Wage order contains some major… Read more »

Restaurant Wage Board Regulations Posted

The NYS Department of Labor has posted the proposed regulations that will impact the Restaurant and Hotel Industries.  These regulations were compiled after receiving recommendations from the NYS Wage Board, which included ABGL attorney James W. Versocki.  Please do not hesitate to contact ABGL with any questions on these regulations. A link to the proposed… Read more »