The Legal Services Staff Association and Legal Services NYC have reached agreement on a bargaining process for issues related to Covid health and safety. The text of the agreement is as follows:
Childcare, Eldercare, and Transportation Supports for In-Person Appearances and Virtual Proceedings (10/23/2020)
This section describes childcare, eldercare, and transportation reimbursements. Until October 30, 2020, after submission by the employee of documentation of actual paid expenses in the form of a letter, receipt, or other similar documentation:
–Additional childcare and eldercare costs will be reimbursed at their actual cost of up to $15 an hour [note: union has made a demand for $35/hour, which we have not dropped] for in-person appearances or for virtual proceedings or other essential job functions that must be performed out of the home to directly support those appearances or proceedings;
–Transportation costs for mileage, tolls and parking will be reimbursed from and to the employee’s location when necessary to make an in-person appearance or for virtual proceedings or other essential job functions that must be performed out of the home to directly support those appearances or proceedings. If a privately owned car is not available, transportation costs for a for-hire car will be reimbursed. Reimbursement for either mode of transportation will not exceed $100 each way.
Expense reimbursement requests will be administered pursuant to the requirements set out in 17.3C of the CBA.
On or before October 30, 2020, union and management will meet to review and adjust this policy as necessary.
[Note: this reimbursement section is resolved other than the outstanding disagreement about the maximum reimbursement for childcare and eldercare.]