New “Cancer Bill” for NY State Volunteer Firefighters Goes Into Effect

New York State has nearly 100,000 Volunteer Firefighters.  They have been trying to get a “Cancer Bill” passed for many years and it was finally  passed by Governor Cuomo on January 1, 2019. The bill is a gap insurance policy and is paid for by local taxpayers.  Every volunteer fire department is required to carry […]

FOA Successfully Combats Misconduct Case for Long Time Union Employee

FOA has recently secured a decision from the American Arbitration Association that found a 14 year union member as not having been guilty of the acts of misconduct alleged against him. At issue was whether the member’s requests for reimbursement for travel expenses incurred in 2016 were fraudulent. The arbitrator’s decision was based primarily on […]

New Bill To Protect Health Care & Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence

According to a recent Workplace Health and Safety Blog from the AFL-CIO, a new Bill is being proposed to protect Health Care and Social Service Workers from workplace violence. Nurses, emergency room doctors, social workers, psychiatric facility aides, and other health care and social service workers face workplace violence on a daily basis.  This often […]

A Union – Made Thanksgiving

FOA prides itself on fully supporting unions – whether it be providing legal assistance to union members and their families or promoting the use of union-made in America products.  As Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and the preparations have begun, please check out the AFL- CIO’s list of union-made in America food and other Thanksgiving staples: https://bit.ly/2z8g62Y In addition to […]

Westchester, NY Workplace Slip and Fall Settlement

Most New Yorkers are accustomed to dealing with the aftermath of winter storms- a process that typically involves spreading salt or sand prior to the storm, clearing snow during the storm to prevent buildup, and finally, when the storm ends, clearing the remainder of the snow and ice. Property management companies, entrusted with maintaining safe […]

Do Pre-Existing Conditions Prohibit You from Filing for Workers’ Compensation? Learn More About It

Matter of Pickard: The Claimants and their families received good news from the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board in the form of the Decision handed down in the Matter of Pickard. This case involved a claimant whose husband had a pre-existing heart condition. The claimant’s husband collapsed at work on November 20, 2013 from […]