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Fire District Resources for September MCFDOA Meeting

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MCFDOA

I will be making some brief remarks at the next meeting of the Monroe County Fire District Officers Association on September 20, 2018, and I wanted to make a resource page available with links to additional information on the following topics:

Guidance for Public-Sector Employers and Employees in New York.  Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, 138 S. Ct. 2448 (2018).  In Janus, the Court held that unions did not have a right to receive fair share agency fees from public-sector employees who decline union membership.  The New York State Department of Labor recently issued two short publications providing guidance to New York Public-Sector Employers and Employees:  Guidance for Public-Sector Employers and Employees in New York State; and Guidance for Public-Sector Employers and Employees in New York State–Frequently Asked Questions.

Sexual Harassment Prevention.  The 2018-2019 New York State Budget contained several provisions affecting sexual harassment prevention policies, training and settlements.  The Legislation also required the creation of a state-mandated model policy and model training.  You can read more about these requirements in an article I wrote on our firm’s website here.  The model policies were recently published in draft form, along with a model complaint form, and all of these draft documents are available here.

Volunteer Firefighter Enhanced Cancer Disability Benefits Program.  Over the summer, the State published proposed regulations implementing this new program.  The proposed regulations are available here.

UPDATE:  Budget Question.  Last night, there was a question about amendments to the budget after the budget hearing.  Town Law section 181(b) provides in part that “After the public hearing, the board of fire commissioners may adopt changes, alterations and revisions to the proposed budget subject to the requirements of paragraph (a) of subdivision two of this section, except that the board of fire commissioners shall not add or increase an appropriation to a capital reserve fund.” (emphasis added).

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