ABGL News & Publications

James Versocki Testifies In Support of Transparency at NYC HPD Projects

On January 30, 2012, ABGL Attorney James Versocki testified before the New York City Council on the necessity for transparency at the NYC Department of Housing & Preservation. James’ testimony focused on the need for public access to contracting information to assist workers who are being underpaid on HPD contracts or supervised projects. ABGL attorneys… Read more »

ABGL Decision Published in BNA

Nov. 10 — BNA, Inc. Construction Labor Report Benefit Plans Court Affirms Benefit Miscalculation Ruling For Individual Plaintiff, Remands Class Claims BNA Snapshot Novella v. Westchester County, 2d Cir., No. 09-4061-cv(L), 11/3/11 Key Holding: The Second Circuit affirmed a lower court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of a pension plan participant regarding the plan’s… Read more »

Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine Files Discrimination Suit against Brentwood School Board President George Talley

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/6th-brentwood-school-worker-alleges-discrimination-1.2503346 6th Brentwood school worker alleges discrimination November 29, 2010 by JOHN HILDEBRAND / [email protected] A sixth Brentwood school worker has filed a federal discrimination complaint against board president George Talley, charging that Talley repeatedly used racial slurs against him in blocking his bids for promotion. In the latest legal action, Colin Edwards of Bay… Read more »

PLAs and ABGL in the News

ABGL lawyer James Versocki was recently quoted in an Crain’s Business article investigating a challenge filed by certain trade associations against NYC Project Labor Agreements.  A link to the article may be found here: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20101101/REAL_ESTATE/101109990 ABGL lawyers have counseled clients on and defended PLAs for decades; please do not hesitate to contact us with any… Read more »

Worker Misclassification Hearings

The New York State Legislature has begun drafting legislation to address worker misclassification (e.g. treating workers as independent contractors).  The Assembly bill A08237 and Senate bill (S6194) seek to dramatically revise the standards to limit the improper use of independent contractors. On January 27, 2010, ABGL lawyer, James W. Versocki, testified at the Assembly’s hearing… Read more »

Wage Board Concludes Work – Commissioner Issues Final Order

The 2009 New York State Wage Board has concluded work and the Commissioner of Labor has adopted its report and recommendation.  The Board, which included ABGL attorney James W. Versocki,was tasked with reviewing the wage orders for the New York State Hotel and Restaurant industries.  The Wage Orders regulate working conditions, including wages and hours… Read more »