The Monthly Managers’ Meeting, held on June 17, included a presentation on labor relations by Robert S. Schwartz, an attorney with the Realty Advisory Board of Labor Relations, Inc. (RAB), the representative of employers in the collective bargaining with unions.
The presentation focused labor relations for building staff whose employment is governed by the 2014 Apartment Building Agreement between the RAB and SEIU Local 32BJ. Topics included differences in wage and benefit rules between new hires and vacation relief employees; leaves of absences; the Family and Medical Leave Act; reduction in force actions; and best practices for progressive (corrective) discipline.
Also discussed were recent changes in the law, specifically focusing on the new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) guidance on handbooks, new NYC laws prohibiting consumer credit checks on all but a few employees, “ban-the-box” which prohibits inquiries into criminal convictions until a conditional offer of employment is extended to an applicant, exemptions from transit benefit laws, and 421(a) prevailing wage rate issues.
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