From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Friday, May 08, 1998 7:27 PM
To: LAS All
Subject: Compensation & Reimbursement Improvements
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M E M O
To: All Staff Attorneys
Fr: Michael Letwin & George Albro
Re: Compensation & Reimbursement Improvements
Da: May 8, 1998
Following discussions with the ALAA Bargaining Committee, the Society has agreed to the improvements discussed below.
1. Payment/Reimbursement of Bar Registration (OCA) Fees
From now on, The Legal Aid Society will pay biennial bar registration (OCA) fees for Staff Attorneys in all divisions.
Although deemed a term of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (valued at .25% of Staff Attorney payroll) that goes into effect October 1, 1998, payment will take effect immediately, beginning with Staff Attorneys whose birthdays fall on or after May 1, 1998 (the Union had proposed that payment be retroactive to birthdays on or after October 1, 1997). By May 1, 2000, therefore, the Society will have paid bar registration fees for all current Staff Attorneys who continue to be employed at Legal Aid.
For Staff Attorneys who submit a Check Request received by the LAS Accounting Office at least 30 days in advance of the registration due date, the Society will make payment directly to OCA. The Society will reimburse other attorneys upon submission of a Check Request along with a canceled check or other proof of payment.
Both direct payment and reimbursement for bar registration fees constitute non-taxable income with an average taxable equivalent of approximately $450-500.
2. Temporary Comp Time Expansion
Until July 1, CDD Staff Attorneys in the Bronx and Manhattan will receive an additional comp day when they volunteer for extra institutional assignments. This is an extraordinary and temporary measure designed to carry the Society through the end of the current fiscal year, at which time Society workload will be reassessed in light of our City funding.
In the Bronx, additional comp time will apply to all additional arraignments shifts from which the nonunion Bronx Defenders have unilaterally withdrawn. Union-management discussions will determine the standard applicable in Manhattan.
More generally, a Union-Management committee established pursuant to the 1994-1998 Collective Bargaining Agreement is currently examining whether and under what circumstances to provide comp time in the other divisions.
3. Travel Reimbursement
In order to ease transportation of Staff Attorneys from night arraignments, the Society will make available the option of pre-paid car service vouchers.
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Please direct any questions you may have about the above changes to Union HQ.