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If you or a co-worker are faced with civil service disciplinary charges, then you might be summoned to attend a civil service investigative interview. Whether you have something to do with the disciplinary charges being alleged or you have absolutely nothing to do with those charges, you may want to think carefully about the general process and what you can do to make sure you do not move from being a witness to a primary likely target of such an investigation. 

How to Act in a Civil Service Investigative Interview

Unlike with public or private companies, careers in civil service tend to be placed under much greater scrutiny in terms of following the laws and guidelines set forth by both the local authorities and the employer itself. That is why civil service employee discipline defense is such a challenging and complex legal field. And it only gets more challenging and complex when faced with a civil service investigative interview. 

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To the untrained eye, imperceptions of socioeconomic conflict and the need for adaptations in order to accommodate survival and eventual prosperity might make it seem as if the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing more than an inconvenience. However, the reality is that this public health crisis has forced our communities, our country, and even our entire world to look at social and economic issues in an entirely new way with a special focus on improvements, especially with regards to labor. From labor conditions, wages, and unemployment rates to healthcare and housing, there is nothing that this pandemic has not touched in some way. In that sense, people organizing to achieve a greater good in these turbulent times is critical, be it through something as massive as social justice movements or something as simple as labor union memberships. Keeping this in mind, here is a look at how the pandemic has made labor unions more proactive and more willing to pursue labor arbitration, collective bargaining, and other civil litigation.   

New York Is Still Alive—and So Are Labor Unions

With the latest news from Governor Cuomo requiring all bars and restaurants to close up shop early and Mayor Bill de Blasio in NYC warning of further restrictions as a result of the pandemic, more block-by-block lockdowns could be on the horizon. As the state of New York—and even the entire country—braces itself for yet another major wave of the pandemic, with infections and deaths already spiking every day, we are seeing more and more of the ever-present iniquities in our society that we have not seen so clearly before. No organizations know such things better than labor unions, many of whom have been actively fighting for improvements in their work lives for decades. 

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New York civil service job defense attorney

If you work for any of New York’s correctional facilities—and especially if you are a member of the Correctional Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA) of New York—you might already know about the latest bill up for consideration in the New York State Legislature. The bill is meant to expand on Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 protections for people who must be absent from work due to having to quarantine or needing to recover from the virus. However, this bill will not just be helpful and relevant to COBA NYC—all New York civil service employees can benefit from it.

Chronic Absences by the Numbers 

The bill’s creation took root in complaints from correctional officers about being deemed “chronically absent” by the correctional facilities for having excessive absences due to being ill from COVID-19. While the Governor’s protections allowed for employees to miss work due to COVID-19, they did not extend to the correctional facilities’ rules about “chronic absences.” As a result, the following occurred:

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With talk of voting fraud, voter suppression, and shrinking poll locations, it can be easy to feel discouraged about how protected your vote actually is. But the truth is that many people, including those in the government and at the polling places, are doing their best to ensure a safe, effective, and secure election in this age of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the most significant ways people are working to protect your voting rights and help your vote get counted toward a fair election.

7 Ways Your Vote Will Be Counted, Protected, and Safeguarded

As the 2020 Election Day fast approaches, citizens are casting their votes in droves across the nation thanks to a wide variety of options to help them vote during the pandemic. But how can voters be sure their votes will be counted properly and fairly? What precautions are being taken to ensure a safe, secure, and fair election takes place? Here are seven of those ways people are making sure your vote counts this year:

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Manhattan civil service job defense attorney

NYC Civil Service positions offer many benefits, but you can add to those job enhancements by joining a union dedicated to protecting and taking care of their members. If you work in a corrections facility, you are in luck: You can join the second-largest law enforcement union in New York City--the Corrections Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA). Their mission is “to empower and enhance the lives of our brother and sister officers who proudly represent the boldest here in New York City,” and that they are dependable, reliable, committed, honest, innovative, passionate, and efficient. If you ever face problems at your job as a corrections officer, you can turn to them while also seeking the counsel of an experienced civil service and job defense attorney. With both sources of support, you will maximize the benefits offered to you as a member of the New York Civil Service.

What Does COBA Do?

COBA supports NYC corrections officers in many ways, some of which are:

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