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October 1, 2007

2007.10.01: ALAA Contract 2007-2009

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ALAA Contract 2007-2009

Collective Bargaining Agreement Between The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW 2325 (AFL-CIO) and The Legal Aid Society (NYC)

Supersedes the 2000-2002 contract and incorporates all memoranda of agreement and understanding through December 12, 2007.


Preamble 3

Article 1/Labor Relations:

§ 1.1. Union Recognition and Agency Shop 4

§ 1.2. Collective Bargaining

Agreement 4

§ 1.3. No Strike or Lockout 5

§ 1.4. Union Access to Financial

Records 5

§ 1.5. Union Activities 5

§ 1.6. Presence of Union

Representatives 5

§ 1.7. Joint Union-Management Committees 6

§ 1.8. Grievances 6

§ 1.9. Management Rights 7

§ 1.10. Future Joint Lobbying 7

Article 2/Compensation:

§ 2.1. Salary 8

§ 2.2. TransitCheks 9

§ 2.3. Bar Registration Fee 9

§ 2.4. Loan Forgiveness 9

§ 2.5. Compensatory, Personal and Flex Time 9

§ 2.6. Health Insurance 10

§ 2.7. Life Insurance 12

§ 2.8. Pension 12

§ 2.9. Tax Shelters 12

§ 2.10. Vacation 12

Article 3/Employment Policy:

§ 3.1. Fair Employment Practices 14

§ 3.2. Hiring 16

§ 3.3. Employment Status 16

§ 3.4. Leave 17

§ 3.5. Free Speech 18

§ 3.6. Interpersonal Conflict 18

§ 3.7. Part-Time Work Schedules 19

§ 3.8. Telecommuting 20

§ 3.9. Transfers and Promotions 20

§ 3.10. Expenses 21

§ 3.11. Personnel Records 21

§ 3.12. Pro Bono Representation 21

§ 3.13. Senior Staff Retention 21

§ 3.14. Job Security 22

§ 3.15. Resignation 23

§ 3.16. One-Time Early Retirement Program 23

§ 3.17. Health and Safety 23

§ 3.18. Record Keeping 24

Article 4/Quality of Representation:

§ 4.1. Standard of Advocacy 25

§ 4.2. Continuity of Representation 25

§ 4.3. Workload 26

§ 4.4. Interview Conditions 27

§ 4.5. Office Day 28

§ 4.6. Attorney-Client-Supervisor Relationship 28

§ 4.7. Training, Education and Certification 28

§ 4.8. Malpractice Insurance 29

§ 4.9. Outside Counsel 30

§ 4.10. Special Litigation 30

§ 4.11. Support Services 30

§ 4.12. Law Enforcement Issues 30

§ 4.13. Society Policy Positions 31

Signature Page 32


Appendix 1/Salary Scale 33

Appendix 2/Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance 35

Appendix 3/Oxford Freedom (Medical) Plan: Costs 36

Appendix 3A/Oxford Freedom (Medical) Plan: Benefits 37

Appendix 3B/Dental Benefits 40

Appendix 3C/Vision Benefits 42

Index 43



This Collective Bargaining Agreement is an expression of the parties’ shared commitment to: 1) Delivery of the highest possible quality of indigent legal representation; 2) Mutual respect among, and fair treatment of all Legal Aid Society staff; and 3) Full participation by the Union and its members in pursuing the Society’s mission. Each term of this contract will be interpreted in the context of these fundamental principles.

Article 1/Labor Relations


§ 1.1.1. Recognition. In accordance with the Certification of Representation issued by the New York State Labor Relations Board on December 30, 1969, the Legal Aid Society (“Society” or “LAS”) recognizes the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW Local 2325 (AFL-CIO) (“Union” or “ALAA”) as the exclusive bargaining representative of all attorneys admitted to practice and within the scope of the bargaining unit definition contained in the above mentioned Certification and of all law graduates employed as such by the Society (“Staff Attorneys”).

§ 1.1.2. Union Membership. The Union agrees to continue its policy, as defined by law, of admitting persons to membership without discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship status, disability, gender, sex, or sexual orientation. No attorney will be required to join the Union.

§ 1.1.3. Dues and Fees. All bargaining unit members, whether newly-hired, rehired, or returned to the bargaining unit, must, within thirty [30] days of hire, pay the current dues and initiation fees or, where applicable, current service fees to the Union, and any interest charges that may be set by the Union for late payment of dues or service fees. Upon the Union’s written request, the Society will discharge any Staff Attorney who fails to pay such dues, fees or interest, after the Union has given at least two [2] weeks’ written notice, by certified mail, to the delinquent attorney and to the Society. Any member of the bargaining unit may authorize the Society to deduct from her paycheck(s) and forward to the Union all dues, initiation fees, credit union, political action, other assessments and/or agency fees. Such authorization will be effective until revoked, in writing, by the signer thereof.


§ 1.2.1. Term. This Agreement will be effective as of October 1, 2007, will continue in full force and effect through September 30, 2009, and will continue past its expiration date, subject to ten [10] days’ written notice of termination by either party. Except as provided in this agreement, all terms and conditions in the collective bargaining agreement, the February 19, 2004 Memorandum of Agreement, the July 16, 2004 Memorandum of Understanding, the February 18, 2005 Memorandum of Understanding, the December 19, 2006 Memorandum of Understanding, and the December 12, 2007 Memorandum of Understanding are extended by this agreement until September 30, 2009 and will continue past its expiration date, subject to ten [10] days’ written notice of termination by either party. As always, all terms and conditions, including salary, pension and all benefit obligations, will be subject to collective bargaining upon the expiration date.

§ 1.2.2. Negotiation. When feasible, the parties will: 1) provide one hundred and twenty [120] days’ notice prior to expiration of its intent to modify or terminate this Agreement; 2) present written proposals at least one hundred [100] days prior to expiration; 3) begin contract negotiations at least ninety [90] days prior to expiration; and 4) meet as frequently as necessary for a full and fair discussion of the issues. If there is no successor agreement at least forty five [45] days prior to expiration, the parties will jointly request the intervention of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. If, in the mediator’s judgment, maintenance of the status quo for a period of up to thirty [30] days past expiration appears likely to improve the chances for a negotiated agreement without declaration of an impasse, the mediator will ask the parties’ agreement to such extension, and/or to such other steps within that time period as she deems useful to resolve outstanding issues.

§ 1.2.3. Headings and Terms. Headings and/or subject groupings are for general identification only and will not be construed in a substantive manner. The pronoun “her” will be deemed applicable to both genders.

§ 1.2.4. Reproduction and Distribution. The Society will reproduce this Agreement using union labor, distribute at least one [1] copy to each attorney, and make available necessary additional copies.

§ 1.3. NO STRIKE OR LOCKOUT. The parties subscribe to the principle that differences will be resolved by peaceful and appropriate means without interruption of the work of the Society or the courts. The Union agrees that there will be no strikes, work stoppages, slowdowns or concerted refusal to perform work during the term of this Agreement, during which neither the Union, nor any officer or agent thereof will, directly or indirectly, authorize, assist, condone, encourage, or in any way participate in any such activities. The Society will not lockout its employees during the term of this Agreement.

§ 1.4. UNION ACCESS TO FINANCIAL RECORDS. The Society will grant any reasonable request by the Union for open access to its financial books and records, subject to appropriate safeguards against release or other inappropriate use of individually-identifiable information about non-bargaining unit employees, including access to outside auditors in regard to the Society’s financial condition and to perform due diligence in regard thereto.

§ 1.5. UNION ACTIVITIES. The Union will have reasonable use of the Society’s internal communication mechanisms and meeting space, one full time equivalent (FTE) of paid release time for general representational and related duties, and reasonable release time for other Union representatives, and other resources necessary to administer this Agreement. In addition, two [2] Staff Attorneys may take unpaid leaves for an unlimited duration to serve on Union staff, during which they will be entitled to all benefits (health, disability, etc.) available to other bargaining unit members, at no additional cost to the Society. Attorneys on Union leave will accrue full seniority for all purposes, including salary, vacation, pension, and leave, and have the right to return to their Society positions at the conclusion of such leave(s). Current Union staff whose leave had previously expired shall be immediately restored to their status as Society employees on the above terms.

§ 1.6. PRESENCE OF UNION REPRESENTATIVES. Staff Attorneys may exercise their right to the presence of a Union representative, whenever practicable a person of their choice, during any discussion with managers concerning potential or actual disciplinary action.

§ 1.7. JOINT UNION MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES. The Union will appoint its representatives to all “Union-Management” committees.

§ 1.8. GRIEVANCES. Except as otherwise provided herein, the following grievance procedure will apply to all disputes concerning interpretation or application of a specific provision of this Agreement.

§ 1.8.1. Initiation. Grievances must be filed in writing within ten [10] calendar days of the event giving rise to the grievance, or within ten [10] calendar days from when the event, with reasonable diligence, should have become known. The written statement must be sufficient to give notice that the matter is being grieved and should clearly articulate the issue(s) grieved, the relevant contract provision(s), and the relief sought.

§ 1.8.2. Time Limits. Once filed, each subsequent step in the grievance process must be completed or initiated, as appropriate, within ten [10] calendar days of the preceding event, except as extended by the parties’ mutual agreement, which shall not be unreasonably withheld. If the Union fails to file within the allotted time, the grievance will be deemed resolved by the Society’s most recent position. If the Society fails to respond within the allotted time, the Union may move the grievance to the next level.

§ 1.8.3. Presentation. Grievances will be presented and processed at a time and in a manner that does not materially interfere with work. Unless otherwise agreed, grievances will be heard outside of normal work hours.

§ 1.8.4. Due Process. Except in cases involving dishonesty or gross neglect of a client, no Staff Attorney will be discharged until completion of the First Step grievance process, until the grievance has been resolved by operation of time limits, or until the Staff Attorney has given written notice that she does not intend to file a grievance with respect to a proposed termination. The foregoing does not prevent the Society from placing a Staff Attorney on paid suspension pending resolution of the First Step grievance. A proposal to suspend or discharge a Staff Attorney must be made in a written notice of charges provided simultaneously to the Staff Attorney and Union President. Notice of charges may be amended or supplemented at any subsequent time, with the understanding that such changes may require an extension of time limits for further investigation.

§ 1.8.5. Steps.

(1) First Step: Immediate Supervisor. The First Step grievance will generally be to the immediate supervisor. If the action being grieved is discipline or termination taken in the name of a higher level supervisor, the First Step grievance will be to that person. The parties will seek resolution through discussion among the aggrieved Staff Attorney, her Union representative, or, in the appropriate case, the Union as the aggrieved party, and the aggrieved’s immediate supervisor, who will issue a written decision.

(2) Second Step: Practice Attorney-in-Charge. If the grievance is not settled in the First Step, the Union may file a written appeal to the Attorney-in-Charge of the practice to which the grieving Staff Attorney is assigned, or was assigned at the relevant time. Following a meeting among the interested parties, the Attorney-in-Charge will issue a written decision. If the practice Attorney-in-Charge decided the First Step grievance, her initial decision will be appealed directly to the Third Step.

(3) Third Step: Attorney-in-Chief. If the grievance is not settled in the Second Step, the Union may file a written appeal to the Attorney-in-Chief, who, following a meeting among the interested parties, will issue a written decision.

(4) Fourth Step: Arbitration. If the grievance is not settled in the Third Step, the Union may give written notice of arbitration to the Attorney-in-Chief. If the parties are unable to agree on an arbitrator within an additional ten [10] calendar days of such notice, the matter will be submitted to arbitration under American Arbitration Association rules, in the event of discharge on an expedited basis. The arbitrator’s award will be final and binding on all parties. The Union and the Society will share equally in any costs of grievance arbitration.

§ 1.8.6. Exclusive Remedy. No Staff Attorney will have the right to independently institute or pursue any grievance or arbitration based upon this Agreement, the right of action being limited to the Union and the Society, and any agreement or adjustment between the Union and the Society with respect to such disputes will be final and binding upon the Staff Attorney.

§ 1.9. MANAGEMENT RIGHTS. The Society will at all times, subject to express provisions of this Agreement, have full control of management, personnel, and conduct of its operations, including any of the rights, powers and authority that the Society had prior to the signing of this Agreement.

§ 1.10. FUTURE JOINT LOBBYING. If there is any future joint lobbying, a plan for such future joint lobbying will be addressed in a side letter between the parties.

Article 2/Compensation

§ 2.1. SALARY.

§ 2.1.1. Salary Schedule. The Basic Salary Schedule set forth in Appendix 1.1 will apply to all Staff Attorneys and be effective October 1, 2007. The Basic Salary Schedule set forth in Appendix 1.2 will apply to all Staff Attorneys and be effective January 1, 2008. The Basic Salary Schedule may be increased during the term of this Agreement in accord with the following provisions. Effective for the December 15, 2006 payroll, LAS will pay a lump sum of $1,950 to each member of the bargaining unit who is on staff on steps 5-30 as of the date of ratification.

§ ADA Comparability. Both ALAA and the LAS recognize and support a goal that staff attorneys receive total compensation which is comparable to that received by ADAs in Bronx, Brooklyn, New York and Queens Counties and that, due to the lack of sufficient funding, the economic terms contained herein narrows, but does not close, the comparability gap between the two groups. It is also recognized that LAS may receive funding increase(s) during the term of this contract which would allow it to narrow or close this gap. To that end, the parties agree that should the LAS receive, during the term of this contract, a funding increase sufficient to further narrow or close the comparability gap, the parties will, immediately upon learning of such increase, undertake to ascertain the four-boro average of total compensation received by non-managerial ADAs at yearly levels of service. After ascertaining such ADA compensation, the LAS agrees to pay staff attorneys as close to comparable total compensation as such additional funding allows.

§ Special Wage Reopener—Alternative Defender Organizations. If any organization other than the 18-B (assigned counsel) panel offers to furnish defender services for ten [10] percent or more of the clients served by the Criminal Practice or Juvenile Rights Practice in the City and/or State Courts in New York City, and if such organization offers to its Staff Attorneys, on an overall basis, higher salaries, superior terms of employment or working conditions, the Union may, upon ninety [90] days’ written notice to the Attorney in Chief, reopen the contract as to those items where disparity exists. If the Society challenges the factual basis on which the reopener notice is predicated, such issue(s) will be submitted to arbitration and the relevant contract provision reopened only upon an appropriate finding by the arbitrator.

§ Compensation and Benefits for October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009. All compensation and benefits for the period October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009 shall be subject to negotiations that shall commence no later than July 1, 2008. In the event those negotiations do not lead to an agreement on compensation and benefits changes for the October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009 period, the parties will be free to take such economic action as would be available upon the expiration of the contract.

§ 2.1.2. Individual Placement on Salary Scale.

§ Anniversary Date. The anniversary date will be the date of first employment as a Staff Attorney. The Society, in consultation with the Union in regard to criteria and principles, may give credit for prior experience or service, and those hired with such credit will receive future increases based on their hiring level rather than their years of service with the Society. In the event of a break in service, any credit for prior service to establish salary, annual leave, retirement benefits, seniority, etc., will be as agreed upon by the Society and the attorney upon rehire.

§ Advancement to Step One. Movement on the Salary Schedule from Law Graduate to Step 1 will be effective on bar admission.

§ Returned-to-Staff Supervisors. For the purpose of establishing eligibility for the new salary steps 15-25 effective October 1, 1999, Staff Attorneys who returned to staff from supervisory positions will be entitled to credit for all their experience as an attorney employed by the Society, including the time employed as a supervisory attorney.

§ 2.1.3. Lobster Shift. Attorneys working the New York County “lobster” shift that begins at 1:00 A.M. will be paid at the following rate: Tuesday-Friday—$300; Sunday and the day following a holiday—$400; Saturday, Monday and holidays—$350. Attorneys staffing the lobster shift will not be required to work the shift immediately prior or subsequent thereto.

§ 2.2. TRANSITCHEKS. Effective July 1, 2004, each Staff Attorney will have the individual option to use pre-tax compensation to purchase TransitCheks as administratively practical within the maximum amount permitted by law.

§ 2.3. BAR REGISTRATION FEE. The Society will pay Staff Attorney bar registration fees.

§ 2.4. FELLOWSHIPS. The Society may transmit or facilitate payments by fellowships for repayment of Staff Attorney education loans.

§ 2.4.1. Loan Forgiveness. The Union acknowledges that the Society created a one-time $250,000 loan forgiveness fund and paid all of the fund to eligible staff attorneys in pro rata shares as requested by ALAA. The Society will work with the Union to seek loan forgiveness funding from government.


§ 2.5.1. Compensatory Time (Criminal Defense Division).

§ Earnings. Staff Attorneys in CDD will earn compensatory time for working certain institutional assignments outside of regular working hours.

§ Accumulation and Use. Staff Attorneys may accumulate accrued compensatory days. Accumulated days may be taken as vacation in accordance with the CBA within one year of being earned but may not be carried over to a subsequent year. Effective April 1, 2005 Staff Attorneys entitled to compensatory days for working institutional assignments outside of regular working hours may, within a month of earning a compensatory day, opt to be paid at their regular hourly rate in effect during the pay period for each day of compensatory time earned to a maximum of 15 days in any fiscal year, provided, however that the maximum is 5 days in Fiscal Year 2005. Such payments are not pensionable. Effective December 12, 2007, Criminal Defense Staff Attorneys may opt to be paid a maximum of 17 compensatory days earned during any fiscal year at the regular hourly rate in effect during the pay period in which the compensatory time was earned, provided that such payments are not pensionable.

§ Cash-In. Effective December 19, 2006, for unpaid leaves in the Criminal Defense practice, other than compensatory time that can be cashed in annually pursuant to paragraph, above, Criminal Defense staff compensatory time accumulated prior to April 1, 2005 will be paid out in a lump sum when a Criminal Defense staff attorney resigns or is terminated from LAS, is promoted to a supervisor, or transfers from the Criminal Defense practice. However, in order to reduce the accumulated April 1, 2005 compensatory time liability for the Society and to provide a transition for affected bargaining unit members taking unpaid leaves related to childcare and/or FMLA, on a fiscal year basis, the Society is allocating a fund of up to $250,000 to pay out accumulated pre-April 1, 2005 compensatory time to such affected Criminal Defense attorneys on unpaid leave in a lump sum that represents the duration of the leave and such staff attorneys will be permitted to pay for health care coverage at the applicable employee share while they are on such approved unpaid leave.

§ Modification. The Society may establish reasonable notice requirements in regard to exercise by Staff Attorneys of their right to cash in compensatory days and reasonable payment provisions, not more than two [2] months after such notification, in order to prevent cash flow problems for the Society.

§ 2.5.2. Personal Days (Other Practices). Each full-time and part-time Staff Attorney in the Civil Practice, Special Litigation Unit of the Criminal Practice, Juvenile Rights Practice, and Criminal Appeals Bureau will receive five [5] personal days per calendar year, except that staff attorneys in the Criminal Appeals Bureau will receive no personal days as of the end of calendar year 2006; such days cannot be cashed-in or carried over from year to year. Effective January 1, 2007, the allocation of personal days for staff who work part time and are otherwise eligible for personal days shall be pro-rated.

§ 2.5.3. Flexible Hours. The Society will continue to make reasonable adjustments in attorneys’ hours at the workplace, subject to the demands of workload coverage, in consideration of such assignments as night-time tenant or other group meetings concerning clients, jury deliberations, late court time, line-ups, etc.


§ 2.6.1. Administration. Staff Attorney health benefits, the current terms of which are detailed in Appendices 3-3C, will be administered by the Society, with full Union access to all information concerning terms, costs, administration and application of those benefits to bargaining unit members. A Joint Union-Management Health Benefits Committee will be established to discuss issues and concerns regarding administration of the benefit program. Effective January 1, 2008, Appendices 3-3C will be deemed amended to provide that co-payments for medical office visits shall be $20.

§ 2.6.2. Changes. There will be no change in any benefit without the Union’s agreement. If the Society’s cost for Staff Attorney health benefits decreases during the term of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, disposition of the resulting savings will be discussed with the Union.

§ Contributions. Effective January 1, 2005, ALAA members will make contributions to health care premiums in the amount of 3.5 percent of premium for the “low plan” and 7 percent for the “high plan”.

§ 2.6.3. Eligibility.

§ Employment. Eligibility for health insurance coverage will require employment on both the first and fifteenth of that month. Coverage will cease as of the last day of employment, subject to continued benefits under applicable law and insurance policies.

§ Dependents. Employees wishing to change from single to dependent coverage, and new enrollees requesting dependent coverage, will be required to certify, and provide a summary plan description to demonstrate, that comparable coverage to that provided by the Society is not available through their spouse’s employment. Benefit comparability analysis will take into account, and assign appropriate weight to, both employee and/or spousal premium contributions.

§ Lesbian and Gay Partners. The Society will provide health insurance coverage for domestic partners of lesbian and gay Staff Attorneys who sign an affirmation attesting to their relationship with a named domestic partner (qualifying standards for which will be taken from language contained in the New York City Executive Order), subject to availability, to reasonable eligibility requirements and to costs comparable with those incurred under then-current health insurance. The Society will take all reasonable steps, excluding litigation, to bring about and maintain availability of such coverage.

§ Tax Reimbursement for Staff Attorneys with Same Sex Domestic Partners. In recognition of the added tax burden that results from the disparate treatment in federal and state tax laws of married heterosexual couples and same sex domestic partners, a Staff Attorneys whose health insurance coverage is for herself or himself and a domestic partner shall be reimbursed in accordance with either one of these options: (a) the Staff Attorney will be reimbursed in an amount equivalent to 20% of the cost of the additional coverage for the domestic partner; or (b) LAS will “Gross Up” the tax liability such that the Staff Attorney shall be reimbursed in a net amount equivalent to the tax liability incurred by the Staff Attorney as a result of the treatment of the additional premium as income to the Staff Attorney. If this second option is chosen, the Staff Attorney shall demonstrate the additional tax liability by providing exact copies of the filed tax returns of the Staff Attorney and the domestic partner, as well as a tax return prepared as a joint return for a couple that would be treated as married under the tax laws. The tax returns shall be accompanied by an affirmation from the Staff Attorneys attesting to their financial accuracy. Reimbursement under either option (a) or (b) shall be paid within 60 days of receipt of the required documentation by the LAS Human Resources Department. Any tax liability resulting from the reimbursements for employees who select option (a) shall be the responsibility of the Staff Attorney. At such time as the tax laws are modified to eliminate this disparate treatment which this provision is being adopted to address, this provision will expire.

§ Enrollment. Each Staff Attorney may select from health plan options detailed in Appendices 3-3A, or as may be otherwise agreed upon by the Union and the Society, during an annual open enrollment period, and/or throughout the year due to qualifying changes in family status.

§ Retirees. Effective July 1, 2002, a Medicare supplement with prescription drug rider will be provided to Staff Attorneys who: (1) retire on or after July 1, 2002; (2) have been employed by The Legal Aid Society for 25 years or more (time spent on long-term disability will be included in determining this period); and (3) will at retirement have reached age 65. During the lifetime of a retired staff attorney, a dependent of a retiree may purchase at the dependent’s expense the same Medicare supplement with a prescription drug rider that will be provided to staff attorney retirees. If the dependent is not Medicare eligible, the dependent may purchase at the dependent’s expense LAS health care coverage that is provided to staff attorneys. Retiree health care coverage is limited to retirees who are not eligible for health care coverage from another employer or former employer, and the ability of a retiree’s dependent to purchase a Medicare supplement or LAS health care coverage is similarly limited.

§ Opt Out. LAS will implement a health care opt-out plan to provide a $1,000 annual incentive to Staff Attorneys who opt out of annual health care coverage provided that they submit written documentation demonstrating that they are covered for that year by another health care insurance plan.

§ 2.7. LIFE INSURANCE. The Society will provide Staff Attorneys with life insurance as detailed in Appendix 2 and will permit Staff Attorneys to voluntarily purchase additional group life insurance through check off, subject to the carrier’s requirements.

§ 2.8. PENSION. The Society will, no later than seven [7] months from the close of the respective semiannual evaluation period, contribute 6.5% of covered salary, as defined in the Pension Trust Agreement and Pension Plan, to the Legal Aid Society Staff Attorney Pension Plan. Actual out-of-pocket expenses for legal counsel (not to exceed $50,000 per Plan year), consultants, accountants or others retained by the Plan will be payable from the Society’s contributions. The LAS pension contributions to the Legal Aid Staff Attorney Pension Plan that are due and payable in Fiscal Year 2006 (July 1, 2005- June 30, 2006) shall be reduced to 3 percent of covered salary as defined by the Pension Trust Agreement and Pension Plan. LAS shall make one annual pension payment on January 31, in place of two semi-annual payments, commencing with an annual payment on January 31, 2007 in place of the semi annual payments which otherwise would have been made on July 31, 2006 and January 31, 2007. Effective December 2004, ALAA hereby waives its claim based on LAS’ alleged failure to make timely pension fund payments to the Legal Aid Staff Attorney Pension Plan prior to December 2004 in the amount of $381,000.

§ 2.9. TAX SHELTERS. The Society will make all necessary efforts to establish, maintain and offer to Staff Attorneys IRS-qualified plans for tax-deferred and/or tax-exempt annuities (overseen by a joint Union-Management committee of equal number), dependent care, excess unreimbursed medical expenses, health insurance premium contributions and long-term disability payments.

§ 2.10. VACATION.

§ 2.10.1. Amount. Staff Attorneys will receive annual leave with pay for vacation and religious observance in the amount of twenty [20] workdays for the first year of service; twenty-three [23] workdays for the second and third years of service; and twenty-seven [27] workdays for the fourth and subsequent years of service.

§ 2.10.2. Eligibility. Annual leave (except for religious holidays) will not ordinarily be granted until a Staff Attorney has been employed for at least six [6] months. Consistent with workload demands, supervisors will approve exceptions to this policy in response to plans or other specific and unusual circumstances which cannot be deferred.

§ 2.10.3. Accrual. Annual leave will be earned on an accrual basis calculated from employment anniversary date on the basis of one and two thirds [1] days per month during the first year of employment; one and eleven twelfths [111/12] days during the second and third years; and two and one quarter [2¼] thereafter. By June 1 of each year, each Staff Attorney will be provided with a statement of her accrued vacation as of May 1 and/or when their respective accruals reach thirty-five [35] days.

§ 2.10.4. Paychecks. Paychecks due during vacation will be available on the last working day prior to the vacation, provided that the Society is given three [3] week’s notice of any change in scheduled vacation.

§ 2.10.5. Scheduling. Vacation schedules will be subject to office and practice staffing requirements.

§ 2.10.6. Illness or Accident. If a Staff Attorney becomes ill or suffers an accident during a period of vacation, the Society will exercise reasonable discretion in converting vacation time to sick time.

§ 2.10.7. Buy-Back. Each full-time and part-time Staff Attorney in the Civil Practice, Juvenile Rights Practice, Parole Revocation Defense Unit and Special Litigation Unit of the Criminal Practice will have the option of selling back up to five [5] vacation days per contract year and staff attorneys in the Criminal Appeals Bureau may sell back up to 10 vacation days per contract year, to be paid at the rate in effect on June 30. Provided during the period July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005 Staff Attorneys shall not have the right of selling back any vacation time during this year.

§ 2.10.8. Forfeiture. Any accrued leave will be waived if not used within six (6) months after the anniversary date. There will be a grace period for Staff Attorneys who forfeit accrued vacation time as a result of canceled scheduled vacation(s) due to scheduling beyond their control of trials, pre-trial hearings or appellate arguments.

§ 2.10.9. Restoration of 1995 Vacation Accruals. Effective January 1, 2004, the Society will restore the maximum vacation time accrual to all Staff Attorneys who in 1995 reduced their maximum vacation time accrual.

Article 3/Employment Policy


§ 3.1.1. Non Discrimination. The Society will continue its policy of not discriminating, as defined by law, against any employee on the basis of race, creed, color, age, national origin, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, disability, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sex, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status, sexual orientation, or membership or participation in, or association with the activities of, any employee organization. The Joint Union-Management Staff Attorneys Affirmative Action Committee provided for herein will establish written procedures to resolve bargaining unit discrimination complaints. Such procedures will include following elements:

§ Panel. A diverse panel of Society supervisors will be created and trained to receive, investigate, and recommend appropriate action to the Attorney-in-Chief in regard to discrimination complaints.

§ Individual Options. Employees may choose to pursue either informal efforts at complaint resolution by a single panel member, investigation by a three-member panel, or both in sequence.

§ Confidentiality. Panel members will not reveal any information about the complaint or complainant, except as required to complete a full and fair investigation and/or to attempt resolution.

§ Due Process. Employees accused of discrimination will have a full and fair opportunity to respond to the accusation. Both accuser and accused will be entitled to representation in the proceeding.

§ Recommendation. Where a complaint cannot be informally resolved, the three-member panel will recommend a resolution to the Attorney-in-Chief, who will make a final decision. Individuals found to have engaged in discriminatory conduct will be disciplined up to and including possible termination.

§ Retaliation. Complainants and witnesses will be fully protected against retaliation.

§ Alternate Remedies. None of the provisions of this mechanism precludes access to other discrimination remedies.

§ 3.1.2. Affirmative Action. The Legal Aid Society will continue to pursue affirmative action and diversity with regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender, sex, sexual orientation and disability and to pursue a truly inclusive workplace where colleagues of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles feel accepted, respected and encouraged to grow professionally. The Society recognizes that, given the high degree of diversity of its client population, it has a responsibility to continue its affirmative action efforts, in accordance with ABA standards, beyond simply meeting traditional utilization measures for the relevant labor pool. The Society will also continue to pursue diversity with respect to skills in languages commonly-spoken by the Society’s eligible client population. Diversity will be considered a relevant criterion in hiring and selection decisions. The Joint Union-Management Affirmative Action Committee will refine and articulate more specific objectives and strategies through the affirmative action planning process.

§ Discussion. The Society will consider and respond to the Union’s concerns in regard to affirmative action, and the Union will participate in development of the annual Staff Attorneys’ Affirmative Action Plan described below.

§ Joint Union-Management Affirmative Action Committee. There will be a Joint Union-Management Affirmative Action Committee to which the Society and the Union will each appoint one [1] representative for each practice and each CDD borough. The Committee will be co-chaired by one [1] Committee member selected by each of the parties. The purpose of the Committee is to foster workforce diversity in the bargaining unit, with particular reference to recruitment, retention and promotion of people of color and women. The Committee will develop, monitor and evaluate an annual Affirmative Action Plan, as described below, which will be the focal point around which these efforts are organized. The Committee may also participate, as necessary, in discussion with other similar Society committees, including the Support Staff Committee, in regard to Society-wide affirmative action.

§ Society Resources. The Society will provide staff support for implementation of the affirmative action plan, and will maintain at least one [1] full-time management position, whose principal responsibilities will include affirmative action.

§ Practice Committees. Practice Joint Union-Management Affirmative Action committees will be established at the initiative of either party to address concerns unique to the practice.

§ Plan. The Society-wide Union-Management Affirmative Action Committee will develop an annual Staff Attorney Affirmative Action Plan to foster workforce diversity. The plan will include the following components:

§ Statistics. The Society will timely maintain statistics in a consistent format necessary to support the affirmative action objectives of the Society and the Committee’s work. Statistics will include, but not be limited to, recruitment, promotion and retention profiles for all protected classes as defined under the Federal EEO-1 process. Each profile will be arrayed both by organizational unit and for the bargaining unit as a whole. This information will be included in each annual Staff Attorneys Affirmative Action Plan, will be used as an analytical tool for identifying areas in need of particular attention in that year’s plan and for determining progress relative to prior years’ plans. This information will be regularly distributed and made available to the Union.

§ Recruitment. The Affirmative Action Plan will include strategies to foster diversity in recruiting for bargaining unit positions. At a minimum, the Plan will provide for: 1) emphasis in recruiting notices, literature and presentations on affirmative action and workforce diversity as a significant Society value; 2) strategies for expediting job offers as early as possible before January 1, in order to compete more effectively for highly qualified and highly diverse entering classes; 3) continued diversity of attorneys who participate in the interview and follow-up processes in each practice, with particular emphasis on including attorneys of color in interviewing applicants of color; and 4) broad outreach in selecting locations for special recruitment efforts.

§ Retention. The Affirmative Action Plan will include ongoing strategies to recognize and eliminate institutional or personal barriers to retention of a diverse workforce. At a minimum, these strategies will include some form of mandatory diversity training or similar programs for attorneys and managers to address the nondiscrimination issues listed above.

§ Promotion. The Affirmative Action Plan will include strategies to assess and convey supervisory potential of bargaining unit members and to develop their supervisory skills, with special emphasis on reaching attorneys of color and women, and on addressing issues of particular concern to their career development.

§ Vacancies. The Society will post and forward to the Union all Staff Attorney and Supervisory vacancies.

§ 3.2. HIRING. Consistent with the goals and procedures discussed above (“Fair Employment Practices”), each practice will establish a joint Union-Management committee to ensure Staff Attorney participation in regard to Staff Attorney and attorney management hiring.


§ 3.3.1. Probationary Period. During the first eight [8] months of employment, the employment relationship will be considered probationary and may be terminated upon one [1] month’s notice with a statement of the reason for termination with recourse to the grievance procedure but not to subsequent arbitration. At the end of four [4], six [6], and eight [8] months of employment, the new attorney must be evaluated by his or her supervisor and receive a written report identifying those areas in which the employee should improve her professional performance. At the end of eight [8] months of employment, the probationary period will end, unless the supervisor, upon written notice to the attorney, extends probation by another four [4] months. The notice shall identify the particular reasons for the extension, and where appropriate shall identify the particular areas in need of improvement based on the previous evaluations and then-current concerns. Extension of the probationary period shall be subject to the grievance procedure, but not to subsequent arbitration. The probationary period may be extended a second time only in extraordinary circumstances, such as the excused absence of the probationary employee for such a lengthy period of time that the supervisor is unable to evaluate her.

§ 3.3.2. Bar Examination. A law graduate will not be discharged solely for a first failure to pass the bar examination. The Society will provide days off for those taking the bar for a second time, in order to permit participation in the Society-sponsored bar review course, the length and content of which will be determined by the Society in consultation with the Union. With respect to a law graduate whose employment is terminated because of her second failure to pass the bar examination, one [1] month’s notice of termination will be deemed to have been given on the third day following the date on the notice of bar examination results issued to the law graduate by the Board of Law Examiners; provided that, if the third day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or contractual holiday, then the notice will be deemed to have been given on the next business day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or contractual holiday. If the law graduate is successful in passing the bar examination on a third attempt, upon admission to the bar she will have recall rights to the job from which she was terminated for one [1] year following her date of termination, subject to hiring needs and conditioned on satisfactory probationary evaluations during her initial tenure. Staff Attorneys who are rehired after passing the bar examination following termination after two bar failures will be given service credit for each month actually worked as a law graduate prior to termination.

§ 3.3.3. Senior Staff. A Senior Staff Attorney may be disciplined or terminated only for “just cause,” with recourse to the grievance and arbitration procedures provided in § 1.1.8.

§ 3.4. LEAVE.

§ 3.4.1. Illness or Disability. The Society will continue full salary for up to ninety [90] days of employment for all attorneys on extended illness or disability. Thereafter, such attorneys will receive sixty [60] percent of salary up to a maximum of $3,000 per month, or, for attorneys who become disabled on or after January 1, 2001, $4,000 per month, subject to the terms of the then-current insurance policy, which is incorporated by reference herein and which may be changed only if equivalent coverage and terms are provided. In accordance with the disability insurance policy, any social security benefit payable when disability occurs will be deducted from the insurance benefit, but the amount of deduction will not be increased because of a subsequent rise in social security benefits. In order to ensure that long-term disability benefits are paid on a tax-free basis, Staff Attorneys will have the individual option of paying any extra premium for such coverage, provided that this arrangement is cost-neutral to the Society. The Society will not terminate or modify the disability insurance policy during this Agreement without the Union’s consent.

§ 3.4.2. Holidays. Staff Attorneys will receive the paid holidays of New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King Jr., Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veteran’s Day; Election Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day, and on such additional days as set forth by the Society.

§ 3.4.3. Bereavement. Staff Attorneys are entitled to paid bereavement leave of five [5] consecutive work days upon death of a Staff Attorney’s and/or a qualifying domestic partner’s parent, parent-in-law, child, child-in-law, sibling, spouse, grandparent, or domestic partner. All other bereavement leave will be charged against annual leave. Each employee shall also receive an additional career maximum of ten [10] days of discretionary bereavement leave for the purposes associated with the death of an individual not among the immediate family members listed, or for additional paid time off in association with the death of a listed family member. These days are to be used exclusively for bereavement purposes and are accrued as follows: five [5] days at the completion of the first year of employment; five [5] additional days upon completion of the fifth year of employment. Employees may use up to the amount of discretionary leave accrued at the time of the bereavement.

§ 3.4.4. Leaves of Absence. The Society will provide the leaves of absence described below. Upon written request and payment of the premium by a Staff Attorney, the Society will continue her insurance coverage during such leave.

§ Sabbatical. After each three [3] years of service, Staff Attorneys may request an unpaid sabbatical leave of absence for up to one [1] year. Sabbatical leaves may only commence on either September 1 or May 1, except for sabbatical leaves for Civil Practice and Juvenile Rights Practice Staff Attorneys, which may commence on January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1. A request for a sabbatical leave must be made at least 180 days prior to the proposed commencement date.

§ Private Practice. Staff Attorneys on sabbatical leave may engage in the practice of law when it does not present a legal or funding conflict with the Society, subject to case-specific prior Management approval.

§ Return. Upon her return from sabbatical leave, a Staff Attorney will be paid at the then-current salary level at which she was last employed prior to her leave, unless the Society, in consultation with the Union in regard to criteria and principles, determines that the Staff Attorney’s work experience while on leave justifies a higher level. Absent a showing of reasonable necessity by the Society, an attorney will have the right to return to the practice from which she departed.

§ Child Care. A Staff Attorney may take an unpaid leave of absence for up to ten [10] months for the sole purpose of caring for an adopted or a newborn natural child of the Staff Attorney, or of her same- or opposite-sex domestic partner. When possible, requests for such leave will be submitted at least three [3] months in advance of the approximate starting date of such leave. A pregnant Staff Attorney may elect to use part of such leave prior and contiguous to her pregnancy disability leave.

§ Parental Leave. Subject to approval as to its legality, any parent of a newborn or newly-adopted child/children or a new step parent of a child/children who resides with the Staff Attorney-parent more than fifty [50] percent of the time, may take up to eight [8] weeks (40 days, exclusive of paid holidays) of paid parental leave in order to care for and establish a relationship with the child/children. In concept, this leave is provided to assure paid time off during the period immediately following the birth, adoption, etc. Paid parental leave would therefore precede any vacation, comp. time or unpaid leave that the new parent/step-parent may wish to take in connection with the birth, or adoption, etc., and would run concurrently with any disability leave—maternity-related or otherwise—that may be appropriate for either parent during the initial eight [8] week period after the triggering event, exclusive of paid holidays. However, recognizing that individual circumstances may vary, the employee(s) may, in consultation with supervisor(s) involved, use the paid parental leave on a different schedule, provided that (1) it cannot extend beyond the first year after the triggering event; and (2) the total amount of paid time off associated with the commencement of the particular parenting relationship is not increased by the rescheduling. This section fully applies to all the enumerated categories of children of an attorney’s domestic partner.

§ Other Leave. The Society may, in consultation with the Union in regard to criteria and principles, extend or grant leaves for purposes other than those set forth above.

§ 3.5. FREE SPEECH. The expression of personal religious, political, social or economic beliefs of each and every attorney is fully guaranteed and will never constitute grounds for discharge or relief from an individual assignment unless, in either instance, it can be demonstrated that such expression has, or will, directly interfere(d) with, and detract from, representation of a Society client so as to render said representation less than at the highest level of competence and effectiveness.

§ 3.6. INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT. Where personality differences between an attorney and her supervisor threaten to adversely affect effective operation of an office and/or continued employment of the attorney, the Attorney in Charge will, wherever feasible, transfer personnel to a work unit in the same office or, if necessary, a different office.

§ 3.7. PART TIME WORK SCHEDULES. The Society will provide a flexible work environment, consistent with the Society’s primary obligation to its clients.

§ 3.7.1. Definition and Workload. A part time schedule shall be any schedule of less than one hundred [100] percent of an ordinary schedule. A part time attorney’s workload will be adjusted in proportion to her schedule.

§ 3.7.2. Positions. All Staff Attorneys may apply for a part time schedule. Assuming the necessary demand, there will be a minimum of ten [10] positions in CAB, twenty [20] positions in CDD, nine [9] positions in Civil, and ten [10] positions in JRP. Many part time positions in CDD and JRP must be worked in job share teams in order to be feasible from a workflow standpoint. A Staff Attorney who is working part time as a transitional (less than ninety [90] days) accommodation for a disability shall not be counted towards these minimum numbers, although part-time schedules in accommodation of a disability that is expected to last in excess of ninety [90] days would be considered to be part of the practice’s minimum allocation. The Society shall make reasonable efforts, subject to staffing considerations, to grant requests for part time schedules above the minimum levels.

§ 3.7.3. Scheduling and Selection. A request for a part time schedule shall be submitted, to the extent possible, at least ninety [90] days in advance of the intended start date of the schedule. If the minimum number of positions for that attorney’s practice are not filled, the request will be granted and the starting date will be arranged to match the request as closely as possible. If the minimum number of positions for that attorney’s practice are filled, the Society may delay or deny commencement of a part-time schedule due to workload and staffing considerations. Any necessary delay or denial of a part-time schedule will be accompanied by a written statement of the workload and staffing considerations that are at issue, and the manager’s best estimate of when they can be overcome. Wherever there is a surplus of outstanding applications, a first preference shall be given to those applicants who will use their non work time to be an “at home” parent with childcare responsibility during those hours; a second preference shall be given based on seniority.

§ 3.7.4. Hours and Compensation. Staff Attorneys who job share will have the individual option to work more than 50% paid time, subject to prior Management approval. The Society shall not incur costs that are disproportionate to the Staff Attorney’s reduced schedule. Part time employees whose schedules fall within the eligibility requirements for our various lines of insurance (currently 17.5 hours per week for health coverages, long term disability and life insurance) will continue to have access to coverage, but will be required to pay a percentage of the premium that is equal to their percentage of non work time, except that current Staff Attorneys on part-time schedules whose benefits payments have been set under the former contract will not have their current payment increased by operation of this agreement so long as they remain continuously in part-time status. While the Society will provide office space to part time employees in accordance with current standards to the extent such space is available, increased use of part time employees may call for reasonable accommodations in the use of space in order to avoid incurring costs that are disproportionate to part time attorneys’ schedules. Effective September 1, 2001, part time employees will advance annually on the salary schedule.

§ 3.7.5. Availability and Coverage. During the non work part of the work week, part time attorneys will be available for emergencies, court appearances, conferences, or necessary telephone consultations. If a CDD part time attorney works a night or weekend arraignment shift in addition to her regular hours, she will earn a comp day which may accrue and which may be cashed in; if, due to trial or other necessary commitments, a part time trial attorney must work more days in the week than the attorney is scheduled to work, the attorney, in consultation with her supervisor, will make adjustments in her future work schedule to restore the balance and/or will have her pay adjusted for the relevant pay period(s) to reflect the work.

§ 3.7.6. Other Employment. Other gainful employment or professional activities, except for bar association or Union activities, are prohibited during non work hours.

§ 3.7.7. Return. A qualifying attorney who holds one of the minimum number of part-time positions cannot be returned to full-time staff against her will. Except in JRP, an attorney who received one of the minimum number of part-time positions shall have the right to return to a full time schedule on thirty [30] days notice. All part-time attorneys in JRP, and attorneys holding part-time positions in other practices above the allocated minimum number may return, subject to budgetary considerations, and in no event later than the starting date of the next available full time vacancy following the notice. If there are more applications to return to full-time status from attorneys in part-time positions above the allocated minimum number than there are available full-time positions, preference for return will be based on seniority, except that all CAB attorneys on part-time schedules as of the ratification date shall have the right to return to a full-time schedule, even if their number is in excess of the practice’s allocated minimum.

§ 3.8. TELECOMMUTING.  Staff Attorneys will, in consultation with their supervisors, be permitted to telecommute to the extent consistent with the nature of their work and other staffing/work needs of the office. Although it has limited feasibility for many jobs, particularly in trial offices, Management will facilitate telecommuting by lending a limited number of laptop computers for limited time periods; seeking group discount buying/leasing opportunities; and maintaining and expanding the remote access properties of the network.


§ 3.9.1. Voluntary. The Society will promptly post and notify the Union of all expected Staff Attorney and supervisory vacancies. The Society shall give due consideration to 1) an attorney’s request to work in a particular county because it is her county of residence or more convenient to her county of residence; 2) a senior Staff Attorney’s request for a change of workplace or practice and for the appointment to new staff positions created by the Society. Every attorney who has completed her original commitment and who desires a transfer to another practice will be interviewed. Transfer requests and applications for promotion will be granted to Staff Attorneys whose qualifications are equal to those of outside candidates, subject to staffing needs and affirmative action considerations.

§ 3.9.2. Involuntary. Whenever possible, an attorney who is permanently transferred from one [1] office to another will receive three [3] weeks written notice of such transfer and, upon request, a written statement of the reasons therefore. Due consideration will be given to the request of permanently transferred attorneys to complete specific cases in which the level of preparation is such that her removal may be detrimental to the client.

§ 3.10. EXPENSES.

§ 3.10.1. Transportation. Each Staff Attorney may elect payment either by car voucher or full reimbursement for out of pocket expenses of taxi cabs, mileage, and parking costs for travel to the lobster shift or home from night court, late juries, client representation meetings and other outside-of-office requirements of proper client representation, upon prior approval by the practice chief, or her designee. Staff Attorneys in all practices leaving evening and/or night institutional assignments will be fully reimbursed for taxi fare within the five NYC boroughs. Managers will approve taxi fare beyond NYC limits on a case-by-case basis. The Society will issue expense reimbursement checks within five [5] weeks from submission of expenses forms, if forms are submitted monthly.

§ 3.10.2. Meals. Staff Attorneys in all practices will receive a meal allowance of $8.75 for performing mandatory work assignments that extend five [5] or more hours beyond the scheduled workday.

§ 3.10.3. Foreign Language Classes. The Society will maintain a $25,000 fund to reimburse individual Staff Attorneys a maximum of $500 annually for the cost of foreign language classes relevant to Legal Aid work.


§ 3.11.1. Review and Response. Attorneys have the right to: 1) review their individual permanent personnel records; 2) receive a copy of any formal or informal document concerning her performance or character contained therein; and 3) have placed therein her statement concerning any such document. A Staff Attorney will sign a receipt for every document provided under this provision, which will be attached to each such document in the file.

§ 3.11.2. Disclosure to Third Party. During an attorney’s current and immediate past employment, the Society will not disclose from such files to third parties, except with express or implied consent of the attorney, or under legal process. An attorney who lists the Society as a current or past employer impliedly consents to the Society’s disclosure of information to the person or organization to whom the fact of Society employment has been provided.

§ 3.12. PRO BONO REPRESENTATION. Staff Attorneys wishing to engage in pro bono legal services on their free time will inform the practice Attorney-in-Charge, who will approve activity that does not present a conflict of interest or otherwise make the attorney’s services unavailable to the Society and its clients.

§ 3.13. SENIOR STAFF RETENTION. There will be a joint Union-Management committee to study the financial and other issues of retaining Steps 13-25 Staff Attorneys.


§ 3.14.1. Plan. If economic retrenchment becomes necessary, the Society will work closely with the Union to ensure job security of every attorney then on staff. Where retrenchment appears necessary, Union and Management will meet at least seventy-five [75] days in advance of the implementation date, or as soon thereafter as possible, to develop a plan. In the course of such discussion, the Society will provide the Union with all information appropriate to an informed decision. The Society will provide forty-five [45] days’ notice of the transfer or layoff of specific attorneys, or such lesser notice as is available to the Society.

§ 3.14.2. Transfer. Where vacant Staff Attorney positions exist outside the affected practice, Staff Attorneys subject to layoff have the right to transfer to such vacant positions, under the terms below.

§ Scope. The right to transfer is to offices where like skills are required, e.g., trial to trial, appeal to appeal. The Society, in consultation with the Union in regard to criteria and principles, will match attorneys and vacancies.

§ Definition of Vacancy. During economic retrenchment, the Society must make available to Staff Attorneys threatened with layoff all vacancies in all practices that are, or will become, available within a reasonable time because of known resignations, normal attrition patterns, or discharges for cause. Such positions will be made available no later than the time that the position would normally be filled. Acceptance of a job offer by an outside applicant will not constitute filling of the position if the applicant has not yet commenced employment.

§ Implementation. Where there are sufficient vacancies in the Society to place all of those subject to layoff, volunteers will be transferred first. Thereafter, transfers will be offered, on the basis of reverse seniority, to yearly groups that consist of all those whose anniversary dates, calculated in terms of continuous and unbroken bargaining unit membership, fall within the twelve [12] months from July 1 through June 30; all attorneys within a yearly group are considered to have the same anniversary date for these purposes. Attorneys in the subsequent yearly group will be transferred only when the previous group has been exhausted. If transfers must be made by choosing from among those within the same yearly group, the Society will determine the order of transfer based on merit, including affirmative action considerations. Where there are insufficient vacancies to accommodate all affected employees, transfers will be offered to yearly groups, as defined above, in seniority order.

§ Status. Each transferred Staff Attorney will be deemed a new hire for probationary purposes, based on the date of transfer.

§ Refusal. Staff Attorneys who refuse transfer will be deemed terminated because of economic retrenchment in their practice.

§ 3.14.3. Layoff. If the number of vacancies in other practices is insufficient, layoff will be imposed first on the least senior yearly group, as defined above. The Society will continue to provide medical benefits, in the form and amount existing on the date of such termination, for ninety [90] days from the termination date, at the conclusion of which laid off attorneys may exercise applicable COBRA rights.

§ 3.14.4. Recall. Staff Attorneys transferred or terminated under this provision have recall rights to the jobs from which they were transferred or terminated for eight [8] months from the date of transfer or termination, or until the following July 1, whichever is later. Recall will be issued in the following order, to those who were: 1) actually laid off without having been offered a transfer; 2) transferred; and 3) laid off after having rejected transfer.

§ 2004 Layoffs. ALAA Acknowledges that [in June 2004],LAS has granted the grievances filed on behalf of Staff Attorneys in the Criminal Appeals Bureau and the Prisoners Rights Bureau insofar as they objected to layoffs of Staff Attorneys in the Criminal Appeals Bureau and Prisoners Rights Project on the ground that the Criminal Defense Division, the Criminal Appeals Bureau, and the Prisoners Rights Project are part of one area of criminal practice within LAS. In accordance with this grievance, LAS shall consider criminal defense, criminal appeals, and prisoners rights Staff Attorneys as Staff Attorneys in the same criminal practice area, without regard to separate divisional distinctions. LAS shall also consider civil and volunteer Staff Attorneys as Staff Attorneys in the same Civil Practice area, without regard to separate divisional distinctions.

§ 3.15. RESIGNATION. Staff Attorneys will give at least thirty [30] days’ notice of intent to resign, exclusive of vacation used during that period.

§ 3.16. ONE-TIME EARLY RETIREMENT PROGRAM. LAS will offer a one-time early retirement program for all Staff Attorneys who: (a) are 60 years or older as of January 31, 2008; and (b) have at least 20 years of service as of January 31, 2008. A Staff Attorney who meets these two eligibility criteria who informs LAS in writing by or before January 2, 2008 that she or he will retire from LAS effective January 31, 2008 shall be eligible thereafter for health benefits provided in each subsequent year to employed Staff Attorneys at the employee rate in effect in each subsequent year for employed Staff Attorneys until such a participant in this early retirement program reaches the age of 65, at which point the participant shall be eligible for retiree health care benefits provided pursuant to Section of this collective bargaining agreement and/or any amendments or modifications to that section in effect when the participant attains the age of 65.


§ 3.17.1. Generally. The Society will provide employees with a work environment that is safe and conducive to good health. It also has the goal of providing offices that are clean, in good repair and secure, and will continue efforts to improve the condition of offices in which its employees work. The Society will promptly clear the work place if, due to any circumstance, it is or becomes unhealthy or unsafe, and will rectify the problem prior to reoccupation. The Society will use all reasonable means to ensure that conditions at all off-site locations (e.g., courts, jails, etc.) are non-harmful, noninjurious, and that they comply with all applicable codes and regulations.

§ 3.17.2. Specific Measures.

§ New Technology. The Society will provide the Union with advance written notice of introduction into the workplace of new technology which may affect Staff Attorney health or safety. Where feasible, such notice will be given before the Society makes a binding commitment to purchase specific equipment.

§ Security. The Society will offer lockers or locking furniture to each Staff Attorney.

§ Infectious Disease. The Society will take all reasonable steps to protect staff from unnecessary health risks and will pursue affirmative measures to assure that the Society’s clients are not compelled to endure unnecessary health risks from infectious disease by virtue of their incarceration or poverty. These steps will include: 1) twice annual PPD tuberculosis tests and any indicated follow-up procedures, at no cost to Staff Attorneys, administered by appropriate medical personnel, along with sufficient work time for necessary visits to a medical office; 2) payment of all unreimbursed out-of-pocket medical expenses related to diagnosis and treatment of TB; 3) medically-appropriate masks on request, accompanied by training and certification in their safe and appropriate use; 4) training in minimizing TB exposure; 5) “safe rooms” in which to conduct interviews with clients suspected of having TB; 6) litigation as appropriate to improve non-Society facilities and to make TB testing and care available to the Society’s clients; 7) prompt response to requests for exemption from normal work requirements, including arraignments and homeless shelters, because of compromised immune systems or pregnancy, on a person-specific, symptom-specific, site-specific, and task-specific basis; and 8) appropriate inoculation of Staff Attorneys, at the Society’s expense, against such contagious diseases as measles and hepatitis.

§ 3.17.3. Joint Union-Management Health and Safety Committee. The parties will establish a joint Union-Management committee to address workplace health, safety and physical working conditions, including, but not limited to heating, cooling, elevator service and security.

§ Duties. Among its duties, the Committee will consider and make recommendations concerning: 1) problems or potential problems at any job site; 2) anticipatory maintenance (e.g., replacing systems which have exceeded expected years of use, or are nearing such time); 3) space procurement and lease renewal; and 4) other areas of health, safety and physical working conditions.

§ Procedure. All non-emergency health and safety matters will be submitted to the Committee for investigation and resolution prior to filing of any grievance with regard to that subject. If not resolved and/or grieved within 30 days, the Union may immediately proceed to expedited AAA arbitration.

§ 3.17.4. Office Space. The Society will provide approximately one hundred and fifty [150] square feet of office space per Staff Attorney, including support staff, of a caliber equal or superior to space presently provided in the Manhattan or Brooklyn Criminal Defense facilities, subject to availability of suitable space inside court buildings or other leased space. Where compliance with any arbitration decision results in a staffing reduction, there will be a proportional reduction in office workload.

§ 3.18 Record Keeping.  ALAA acknowledges that LAS is implementing a time records system for Staff Attorneys for the purpose of assisting LAS in its efforts to maintain and obtain funding to support the work of LAS.

Article 4/Quality of Representation

§ 4.1. STANDARD OF ADVOCACY. The Society and its individual attorneys are deeply committed to the highest standards of professional competence and to vigorous representation in each and every case.


§ 4.2.1. Generally. Continuity of representation is an important factor in realizing the most effective representation of clients, in that it: 1) enhances the attorney-client relationship; 2) provides the best opportunity for an attorney to initiate early case preparation; and 3) strengthens development of an integrated theory of representation.

§ 4.2.2. Criminal Defense Division.

§ Scope. The Society will maintain vertical continuity of representation from Criminal Court arraignment through filing of a notice of appeal and pursuit of a stay of execution after Supreme Court conviction. The Society’s form notice of appeal will state that the Society represented the client in the trial court and, where consistent with the client’s wishes, will request that representation by the Society continue on appeal.

§ Implementation. Continuity in the Criminal Defense Division is neither monolithic nor inflexible, but rather adaptive to:

§ Location. The various trial courts of our practice and other institutional and professional obligations;

§ Responsibilities. Responsibilities of Supervisors, Staff Attorneys and special unit attorneys consistent with § 4.6.1 and with the goals of effective representation and service of the client’s best interest;

§ Training. Opportunities for Staff Attorneys to develop skills and gain experience through case or proceeding reassignments which enable less experienced Staff Attorneys to handle matters consistent with their skills and experience (misdemeanor trials and felony preliminary hearings). Cases will be reassigned for training purposes after consultation between Staff Attorneys and Supervisors, and except in unusual circumstances will not be transferred when an attorney wishes to retain a particular case;

§ Workload. Reallocation of workload to assure timely preparation and effective representation, including:

(1) Experience. Assignments consistent with an individual attorney’s level of experience and workload, such as case transfer from non-certified to felony-certified attorneys, or from certified to special unit attorneys;

(2) Arraignment Balance. Availability of Staff Attorneys with requisite experience to accept all assignments at intake without undue delay;

(3) Withdrawal and Reassignment. Where there is a workload problem, the affected attorney will first be withdrawn from further intake. Should additional relief be necessary, cases will be reassigned to Staff Attorneys with the workload capacity and experience necessary to afford timely, effective representation. Neither of these steps will occur without consultation between the supervisor and the attorney. Nothing in this Article will operate to modify the grievance procedures contained in § 4.3;

(4) Consolidation. Multiple cases with the same client pending in one [1] borough, handled by more than one [1] Staff Attorney; or

(5) Unavailability. Extended sickness, disability, or termination of employment.

§ Review and Adjustment. The Society’s legal representation will be reviewed and adjusted as necessary to maintain continuity in the event of changes in court structure.

§ 4.2.3. Other Practices. Practices other than the Criminal Defense Division shall maintain continuity of representation. Any modification of continuity must first be negotiated with the Union.

§ 4.3. WORKLOAD.

§ 4.3.1. General.

§ Standards. Within six [6] months of this agreement, standing joint Union-Management workload committees in each practice will set provisional guidelines, subject to ongoing revision and refinement, for maximum individual attorney workload consistent with high-quality representation for each LAS client. Where that guideline is exceeded, the attorney will be relieved through such steps as reduced intake, case transfer, and/or other appropriate measures.

§ Negotiations of Society Contracts. The Society will, in consultation with the Union, use its best efforts to negotiate for all practices contracts that provide sufficient resources to handle the workload contemplated, and that further provide for necessary adjustments of resources and/or workload over the term of the contract. Whenever feasible, Management will solicit the Union’s views regarding submission of narrative reports for funders or other oversight bodies concerning Legal Aid performance under its contracts.

§ Monitoring. The Union will participate with Management in regular monitoring of workload in all practices, including, but not limited to, monthly counts of Staff Attorneys, caseload, institutional assignments and filings per office. In some practices, current technology lacks the necessary capacity to fully maintain this information; the Society will make its best effort to manually maintain the information and to update the technology as soon as practicable.

§ Consultants. The Union will participate in decisions as to whether outside consultant expertise is appropriate to assist in workload and other analysis related to client representation, and in the selection of such consultants when they are to be retained.

§ 4.3.2. Grievances.

§ Standard. The standard against which workload grievances are evaluated is whether further cases can be accepted consistent with professional responsibility. The following are among the relevant factors to be used in applying that standard to a given situation: 1) court structure; 2) character of cases assigned to the grievant (individual or office); 3) efficiency, productivity and diligence of the grievant (individual or office) in handling those cases; 4) Code of Professional Responsibility; 5) ABA standards; 6) NLADA standards; and 7) level of services currently provided by other quality indigent defense providers in major urban jurisdictions.

§ Procedure.

(1) Individual Grievance. Informal discussion with the grievant’s complex or office head or her designee will be held within twenty four [24] hours of the request for a meeting, excluding weekends and holidays. Immediately thereafter, the grievant may file a written appeal with the boro or office head, practice Attorney in Charge and the Attorney in Chief (or their designees), in that order, each of whom will have no more than two [2] work days to respond in writing.

(2) Office Grievance. The Union may initiate an office-wide workload grievance on the basis that two-thirds [] of the Staff Attorneys in the office believes the standard, as defined above at §, has been, or is about to be, met. The practice Attorney in Charge may attempt to rectify the problem through personnel adjustments, including new attorneys or support staff, temporary transfer of attorneys or support staff from other Society offices for a specifically limited duration, reallocation or reduction of work load, transfer of a limited number of cases to supervisors consistent with their own responsibilities, or any other measure consistent with this Agreement which may alleviate the condition. Except as a last resort, the Society will not permanently transfer attorneys from other offices, and only then if warranted by long-range demands in each office. If no plan is presented, or if two-thirds [2/3] of the affected Staff Attorneys does not vote to accept the plan, the matter will be submitted to a panel, as hereafter described within ten [10] working days (which period may be extended by mutual agreement between the Attorney-in-Charge and the Union). The plan need not be implemented within the ten-day period, but will, at a minimum, specify the dates by which its various aspects will be implemented.

(3) Arbitration. If the grievance is not disposed of through the above process, the Union may, within two [2] work days after the Attorney in-Chief has rendered her decision, file a written demand for arbitration with the Attorney in-Chief on behalf of the grievant. An arbitration will be convened within five [5] working days of receipt by the Attorney in Chief of the demand for arbitration. The parties and the arbitrator will regard such proceeding as an urgent matter requiring expeditious disposition. The arbitrator will be selected from the appropriate panel of fifteen [15] names established and/or modified by the parties’ mutual agreement, from which each party may strike three [3] names. If, after such elimination, the next prospective arbitrator panel member cannot adhere to the expeditious schedule set forth herein, the following panel member will be selected. The panel will hand down its decision as expeditiously as possible, but in any event within thirty [30] days after the close of hearings. Where a grievance is upheld, the office will stop accepting cases within fifteen [15] working days of the panel’s action and will resume intake only within the framework of the panel’s decision.

§ 4.4. INTERVIEW CONDITIONS. Private attorney-client interviews are essential to delivery of effective representation. Whenever interview facilities in any court lack privacy, the parties will first seek to rectify such conditions by administrative action. If, within ninety [90] days after inception of administrative action, there is no objective indication of effective remedial action, the Society, in consultation with the Union, will take appropriate legal or other action to ensure availability of private interview facilities. The Society will also support necessary and proper actions taken by Staff Attorneys in the defense of their clients’ right to confidential interviews.

§ 4.5. OFFICE DAY. An attorney will not be called away from pressing non courtroom professional activities in the office, unless her supervisor has no reasonable alternative thereto. In the Criminal Defense Division, upon five [5] days notice by a Staff Attorney, supervisors will approve requests for an office day on which the Staff Attorney does not have conflicting assignments or cases scheduled. A supervisor will interrupt the office day for an unscheduled institutional assignment only after exhausting her best efforts to substitute other members of complex staff. Should the supervisor have no choice but to interrupt the office day, the Staff Attorney will be permitted to reschedule under the above criteria. In practices other than Criminal Defense, Management will make every effort to maintain a court coverage schedule which provides Staff Attorneys with at least one [1] office day each week free from such institutional assignments as intake and part coverage.


§ 4.6.1. Supervisory Responsibilities. Supervisors will provide effective, constructive oversight of staff and the work of their offices, including availability for consultation with Staff Attorneys, consistent with their own caseload responsibilities.

§ 4.6.2. Professional Differences. Practice Attorneys in Charge or their designees will be available for immediate consultation to resolve any professional differences between a Staff Attorney and supervisor in regard to handling a specific case. If these differences cannot be resolved consistent with applicable professional standards, the attorney will either follow the supervisor’s decision or be relieved, after which the attorney may grieve the decision in question.


§ 4.7.1. Committee. There will be a joint Union-Management committee in each practice to develop and monitor training and education programs for Staff Attorneys.

§ Initial Training. Each practice shall provide full initial training for new attorneys in the practice’s basic practice areas. For the Juvenile Rights Practice, there shall be initial substantive training in all non-primary practice areas.

§ Resources.

§ Individual Materials. The Society will exercise reasonable efforts to ensure reliable computer access for individual Staff Attorneys and provide individual Staff Attorneys with timely distribution of all appropriate legal resource materials, including the following.

(1) Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices. Each attorney in the Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices will receive a copy of the: 1) Penal Law (PL); 2) Criminal Procedure Law (CPL); 3) Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL); and 4) up-to-date manuals containing forms used by police, defense, leading cases, statutes, etc., which will be expeditiously distributed.

(2) Civil Practice. Appropriate manuals and textbooks will be distributed to each Civil Practice Staff Attorney. The civil practice deskbook, federal rules, and federal and local court procedures will be provided to any Staff Attorney who requires them.

§ Central Resources. The Society will make available all necessary centralized legal resources, including: 1) office-level law libraries; 2) brief and motion banks; 3) important new decisions; 4) one [1] set of New York Supplement reports for every ten [10] attorneys; 5) a non-Staff Attorney responsible for coordinating, maintaining and/or circulating the above materials; and 6) Staff Attorney library privileges at law schools and bar associations.

§ 4.7.2. Orientation. The following orientation will be provided to newly employed attorneys, including, where appropriate, inter-practice transferees. Within the first seven [7] to ten [10] days of employment, each new attorney will participate in discussions led by supervising attorneys and/or experienced Staff Attorneys concerning the Society’s goals and indigent representation, and observation and rotation through the courts. Initial on-the-job training will include observation of, and participation in, various parts of the Criminal and Family Courts, under guidance of supervisory and/or Senior Staff Attorneys. Civil Practice attorneys will be given an opportunity to observe Housing Court trials, commercial actions and administrative hearings. Civil Practice client interviews and initial work placement will take place in the third through tenth week.

§ 4.7.3. Felony Certification.

§ Standards. A joint Union-Management Committee in the Criminal Defense Division will develop felony certification standards.

§ Process. Criminal Defense Division Staff Attorneys will be given thirty [30] days prior notice of consideration for felony certification in order to alert her supervisor to any relevant written work or litigation. If an attorney is not felony certified within twelve [12] months of Criminal Defense Division employment, a meeting will be held within two [2] weeks between the Staff Attorney and her complex head to devise a specific program of training and/or experience designed to result in felony certification within three [3] additional months. Alternatively, an attorney may request that this process commence at any time after nine [9] months employment in the practice.

§ Revocation. Felony-certification will not be revoked because of an attorney’s transfer to another office or borough.

§ 4.7.4. Continuing Legal Education.

§ Internal. Notwithstanding the above provisions, the Criminal Practice training program, attended, where appropriate by attorneys from the Juvenile Rights Practice, will include: 1) two [2] attorneys devoted full-time to training and education; and 2) instruction in the Code of Professional Responsibility and in contempt proceedings. Subject to budgetary considerations, the Civil Practice will hire a full-time trainer and develop a continuing education program that includes expert pro bono speakers.

§ External. Subject to court staffing and funding, Staff Attorneys will continue, at the Society’s expense, to attend appropriate PLI or other approved professional courses in New York City that directly relate to the attorneys’ work, subject to court staffing and budgetary considerations. The Society will inform staff about, and seek to expand the availability of, tuition-free law school courses.

§ 4.8. MALPRACTICE INSURANCE. The Society will defend and hold harmless Staff Attorneys sued for malpractice under the terms and conditions contained in the NLADA policy, to the extent of $1,000,000/$1,000,000. The Society, in its discretion, may either purchase such coverage from an insurance carrier or self insure.

§ 4.9. OUTSIDE COUNSEL. The Society and the Union will each provide matching amounts up to $5,000 per contract year for Staff Attorneys who require outside counsel in matters arising solely from their Society employment. The Union and the individual Staff Attorney will have complete discretion as to whether outside counsel is justified, and in selection of, and fees for, such counsel, but the Society will pay outside counsel only after its designated representative has, prior to retention of outside counsel, had the opportunity to fully discuss each of the above discretionary issues with the Union President or her designee. These benefits will not be funded, and all payments by the Society will be made directly to the outside retained counsel upon receipt of her statement reflecting the amounts charged to each party.

§ 4.10. SPECIAL LITIGATION. Each practice will assign lawyers on a full-time basis to special litigation projects that address matters of substantial client interests that are unsusceptible to customary trial and appellate processes, such as challenges to complex legal decisions and to statutory provisions; initiation of prisoners’ rights test cases; and implementation of post conviction remedies.

§ 4.11. SUPPORT SERVICES. The Society will provide support staff of adequate number and quality. The Society will complete the computerization of all offices by June 30, 2000.


§ 4.12.1. Police Conduct Committee. There will be a Joint Union-Management Police Conduct Committee representative of all Society practices.

§ 4.12.2. Programs and Materials. The Society will provide the Joint Police Conduct Committee with the resources to develop and implement a Society-wide plan to seek out, maintain, update, and make available the following programs and materials in relation to the New York City Police Department and all other relevant law enforcement agencies (e.g., PAPD, FBI, DEA, BATF, etc.): 1) computerized citywide records of individual police misconduct, abuse and brutality, accompanied by a mechanism through which such records can be routinely input and accessed; 2) manuals and other statements of police policy, including the NYPD Patrol Guide, Administrative Guide, Detective Guide, OCCB Investigative Guide, Narcotics Division Manual of Procedures, Legal Bulletins, Special and Interim Orders and all other such materials which exist for specialized units within the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies; 3) guides to all police forms, annotated by case type; 4) preprinted or computer-formatted subpoenas designed to procure appropriate police reports by case type; 5) complete reference sets of police reports and procedures, at least one [1] copy of which will be maintained in each relevant Society office; 6) checklists to ensure the earliest possible transmittal of police reports from trial to appellate offices; 7) rosters of current and former members of law enforcement agencies available to educate attorneys about police practices; 8) form motions and sample memoranda of law that discuss the legal basis for discovery of police reports and personnel records at the earliest possible stage; 9) incorporation of the above police practice issues into the Society’s training programs; and 10) referral of individual clients to appropriate agencies.

§ 4.12.3. Police Abuse Project. The Joint Police Conduct Committee will examine the mission of, and available funding for, a dedicated Society-wide unit to address police misconduct, abuse and brutality through litigation (such as broad injunctive relief and damage claims) and other means. Funding will be subject to final approval by the Society’s Board of Directors.

§ 4.13. SOCIETY POLICY POSITIONS. The Society and the Union will confer and consult closely in regard to all areas that involve professional responsibilities and obligations of Staff Attorneys and on all questions of public interest about which the Society plans, or has been requested, to express an opinion. The Society will notify and seek participation from the Union as early as possible regarding any potential changes envisioned by management that may impact on provision of client service delivery methods, and/ or the structure of a practice, office or program.

Signature Page

Executed this __ day of July, 2008.

The Legal Aid Society


Mr. Steve Banks


Association of Legal Aid Attorneys,

UAW Local 2325 (AFL-CIO)

By: _______ Ms. Deborah Wright


Appendix 1.1 [§ 2.1.1.]
ALAA/ LAS Salary Chart
Effective 10/1/07 






































































































Appendix 1.2 [§ 2.1.1.]
ALAA/ LAS Salary Chart
Effective 1/1/08










































































































Appendix 2 [§ 2.7]

Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance


Benefit (Employee Only)




Life Insurance

An amount equal to 2 times your basic annual earnings, as determined by your Employer
Maximum Life Benefit $50,000

Accidental Death or Dismemberment

An amount equal to 1 times your basic annual earnings, as determined by your Employer to a maximum benefit of $25,000

Appendix 3 [§ 2.6.1.]

Oxford Freedom (Medical) Plan: Costs




      Low Plan


  High Plan










Contribution toward premium (Subject to rate changes)




Eff. 1/1/02:




















Maximum out-of-pocket

(stop loss)





(including deductibles)




$1250/$2500 (including deductibles)


Maximum lifetime benefit/member





Appendix 3A [§ 2.6.1.]

Oxford Freedom (Medical) Plan: Benefits


Type of Care








Physical exam





Pediatric preventive care through age 19; adults subject to deductible & coinsurance



Routine pediatric




Preventive dental for children (under 12)




Physician office visits


$15 copay per visit


Deductible & coinsurance






Deductible & coinsurance**


Lab services


Free at Corning/Metpath


Deductible & coinsurance


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)






Initial and all subsequent referral visits


$15 copay/visit


Deductible & coinsurance




Physician/surgeon services**




Deductible & coinsurance**


Semi-private room & board


Deductible & coinsurance**


All drugs and medication


Deductible & coinsurance


EMERGENCY (Oxford must be contacted within 48 hours)


Ambulance (when medically necessary)




Hospital ER


$35 copay; waived if admitted


Unauthorized visits subject to deductible & 50% coins.




$15 copay/visit


Deductible & coinsurance**




Pre- and post-natal care**




Deductible & coinsurance**


Hospital services for mother & child**




90 outpatient visits/condition/lifetime


$15 copay/visit


Deductible & coinsurance


60 consec. inpatient days/cond./life**




Deductible & coinsurance**




60 home care visits **


$15 copay/visit


Subj. to coins.; no deduct.**


Physician house calls


Deductible & coinsurance




30 days per calendar year**




Deductible & coinsurance**




7 days of inpatient detox./cal. yr**




In-network benefit only


30 days of inpatient rehab/cal. yr.**


60 days outpatient rehab visits/cal. yr.**


Deductible & coinsurance**




30 days inpatient care per cal. yr.**




In-network benefit only


40 outpatient visits/cal. yr.


50% copay


After deductible, 50% up to $2,000 max/cal. yr.




Generic prescription


$7 copay


Brand name prescription


$20 copay


Oral contraceptives


Covered, effective January 1, 2002




Chiropractic care


$15 copay/visit


$500 max/cal.yr, subject to deduct. & 50% coinsurance








Deductible & coinsurance**




INFERTILITY TREATMENT ($10,000 lifetime max)


Specialist office visits**


$15 copay/visit


In-network benefit only


Outpatient facility services**








$200 reimbursement per 6 mo. period




$100 reimbursement per 6 mo. period




Durable equipment, when medically necessary**


Pre-cert. by Oxford in advance and when ordered by an Oxford participating physician


Deductible & coinsurance**


Medical supplies, when medically necessary**


Out-of-Network only

**You must be pre-certified for these services by Oxford (800-444-6222) at least 14 days in advance of treatment.

Dependent Eligibility. Eligible dependents include the employee’s spouse and dependent children until the child reaches age 19, or age 25 if a full time student. Benefits discontinue end of the calendar year in which the birthday occurs.

Please Note. This sample summary of coverage is provided for informational purposes only. The applicable Summary of Benefits will be issued to eligible, enrolled members as part of the Certificate of Coverage. Coverage is subject to the terms and conditions of the Certificate.


Appendix 3B [§ 2.6.1.]

Dental Benefits

Rayant Insurance Company of New York

A Horizon Company

Benefit plan summary for The Legal Aid Society

(Rayant Dental Option Plan)

ANNUAL DEDUCTIBLE   $50 per person
    $100 per family




Visits & Exams Visit for oral examination (3 per calendar year) 100%*
  Prophylaxis including scaling & polishing (3 per calendar year) 100%*
  Fluoride 100%*
X-rays Periapical X-rays 100%*
  Bite-wing X-rays 100%*
  Full mouth Series 100%*
Endodontics Pulp Capping 80%*+
  Root Canal therapy with X-rays & Cultures 80%*+
  Pulpectomy 80%*+
  Apioectomy 80%*+
  Molar and/or complex root canal therapy 80%*+
Restorations Amalgam (silver-fillings) 80%*+
  Composite Fillings 80%*+
  Stainless steel crowns 50%*+
Periodontics Scaling and root planing 80%*+
  Gingivectomy 80%*+
  Correction of occlusion 80%*+
  Subgingival curettage 80%*+
  Osseous surgery 80%*+
Oral Surgery & Extractions Uncomplicated extractions 80%*+
  Incisions and drainage of abscess 80%*+
  Surgical removal of erupted teeth 80%*+
  Removal of soft tissue impaction 80%*+
  Full or partial bony impaction 80%*+
Prosthodontics & Repairs Inlay/Onlays 50%*+
  Crowns (Freestanding) 50%*+
  Full and partial dentures 50%*+
  Denture repairs 80%*+
  Crowns (abutments to bridgework) 50%*+
  Pontics (false teeth) 50%*+
  Space Maintainers 80%*+
Orthodontia Orthodontic fee for normal 24 month

(Adults and Children to age 19)


+Annual Deductible and *Annual Maximum apply. These services are also subject to Maximum Allowable Charge (MAC) limitations.

The above information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Specific benefit levels and dental services are described more completely in the employee benefit books. The extent of insurance for each individual is governed at all times by the complete terms of the master group insurance contract issued by RayantInsurance Company of New York. Products are issued by Rayant Insurance Company of New York. Administrative Services are provided by Horizon Healthcare Dental Services, Inc.


Appendix 3C [§ 2.6.1.]

Vision Benefits

Carrier: Spectera

Effective Date: January 1, 2002

Frequency of Services:

Exam every 12 months

Lenses every 12 months

Frames every 24 months

Contracts every 12 months (in lieu of lenses & frames)

12- or 24-month benefit is measured from last date of service

In-Network Benefits:


$10 toward examination

$20 toward materials (lenses and/or frame)

After the material co-payment, lenses are 100% covered every 12 months. After the material co-payment, frames within the Spectera selection or allowance are 100% covered every 24 months.

In lieu of lenses and a frame, you may select contact lenses. Four boxes (12 pairs) of covered disposables are included in the materials co-payment when obtained from a network provider.

Should you choose patient options not covered by the Spectera program, such as tints, progressive lenses, scratch, UV, and anti-reflective coating, you will be able to purchase these options at a significant discount.

Spectera participants receive access to discounted refractive eye surgery procedures from numerous provider locations throughout the United States.

Out-of-Network Reimbursements:

Examination: $35

Single Vision Lenses:  $25

Bifocal Lenses: $40

Trifocal Lenses: $55

Lenticular Lenses: $120

Frames: $45

Elective Contact Lenses: $105 (in lieu of spectacle lenses and a frame)

Necessary Lenses: $220



ABA Standards 14, 27

Access to Financial Records, by Union 4

Accidental Death & Dismemberment

Insurance 34

Advancement to Step One 8

Affirmative Action 14, 15, 16, 20, 22

Agency Shop 3

Alternative Defender Organizations 7

Anniversary Date 7, 11, 12, 22


Appendix 1: Salary Scale 7, 33

Appendix 2: Life and ADD 34

Appendix 3: Oxford Plan: Cost 35

Appendix 3A: Oxford Plan: Benefits

36, 37, 38

Appendix 3B: Dental Benefits 39

Appendix 3C: Vision Benefits 40


Continuity of Representation 25

Lobster Shift 8, 21

Night Court 21

Tuberculosis 23

Assistant District Attorneys 7

Attorney-Client Relationship 25

Bar Examination 16

Bar Registration Fee 8

Bereavement Leave 17

Brief and Motion Banks 29

Child Care 18

Civil Practice:

Part-Time Work 19

Personal Days 9

Training 28

Vacation Buy-Back 12


Collective Bargaining Agreement:

Headings and Terms 4

Negotiation 3

Reopener 7

Reproduction and Distribution 4

Term 3

Comparability 7, 10


Bar Registration Fee 8

Compensatory, Personal and

Flex-Time 8

Health Insurance 9, 10, 11

Life Insurance 10, 19, 34

Loan Forgiveness 8

Pension 11

Salary 7, 33

Tax Shelters 11

TransitCheks 8

Vacation 11

Compensatory Time 8, 9

Continuing Legal Education 29

Continuity of Representation 25

Criminal Appeals Bureau:

Part-Time Work 19

Personal Days 9

Vacation Buy-Back 12

Criminal Defense Division:

Compensatory Time 8, 9

Continuity of Representation 25

Education 28, 29

Felony Certification 29

Office Day 28

Office Space 19, 24

Part-Time Work 19

Personal Days 9

Training 28

Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) 28

Dental Benefits 39

Dependents 10, 38

Disability 3, 4, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 19, 26

Disciplinary Action 4

Discrimination 3, 14, 16

Domestic Partner:

Bereavement Leave 17

Child Care Leave 18

Health Insurance 10

Dues and Fees, Union 3

Education Programs 28, 29

Employment Policy 14- 24

Employment Status 16

Expenses 21

Fair Employment Practices 14-16

Federal Rules 29

Felony Certification 29

Fellowships 8

Financial Records 4

Flex-Time 8

Foreign Language Classes, Reimbursement for 21

Free Speech 18

Future Joint Lobbying……………………..6


General 5, 23

Continuity 25

Health and Safety 23

Probationary Period, of 16

Professional Differences 28

Workload 26

Health and Safety 23-24

Health Insurance:

Administration 9

Changes 9

Contagious Diseases 24

Dental 36, 39

Dependents 10

Eligibility 9

Employment 10

Enrollment 10

Lesbian and Gay Partners 10

Oxford Health Plan 35-38

Part-Time Work 19

Tax Shelters 11

Vision 40

Hepatitis 24


Affirmative Action 14, 15, 16, 20, 22

Anniversary Date 7, 11, 12, 22

Bar Examination 16

Joint Committee for 16

Transfer, due to economic retrenchment 22

Union Dues and Fees 3


Enumerated 17

Lobster Shift Pay for 8, 21

Vacation 11-12

Illness or Disability 17

Individual Placement on Salary Scale 7

Infectious Disease 23

Interpersonal Conflict 19

Interview Conditions 27

Job Security (Layoff) 22

Joint Union-Management Committees:

Affirmative Action 14, 15, 16, 20, 22

Felony Certification 29

Health and Safety 23, 24

Health Benefits 9

Hiring 16

Police Conduct 30

Representatives to 4

Senior Staff Retention 21

Tax Shelters 11

Training and Education 28

Workload 9, 11, 19

Juvenile Rights Practice:

Part-Time Work 19

Personal Days 9

Training 28

Vacation Buy-Back 12

Labor Relations:

Collective Bargaining Agreement 3, 4

Grievances 5, 23, 26

Joint Union-Management Committees 4

Management Rights 6

No Strike or Lockout 4

Union Access to Financial Records 4

Union Activities 4

Union Recognition and Agency Shop 3

Union Representative, Right to 4

Law Enforcement Issues 30-31

Law Graduate 3, 8, 16

Law Libraries 29

Layoff 22, 23


Anniversary Date 7

Bereavement 17

Child Care (Parental) 18

Holidays 17

Illness or Disability 17

Leaves of Absence 17

Other 18

Parental 18

Sabbatical 17

Union Staff 4

Vacation 11

Legal Resource Materials 28

Lesbian and Gay Partners 10

Life Insurance 10, 34

Loan Forgiveness 8

Lobster Shift 8, 21

Lockers 23

Lockout 4

Long-Term Disability 10, 11, 17

Malpractice Insurance 29, 30

Management Rights 6

Manuals 30

Meal Allowance 21

Measles 24

NYC Police Department 30

New York Supplement 29

Night Court 21

NLADA Standards 27, 30

No Strike 4

Office Day 28

Office Space 19, 24

Oxford Freedom (Health) Plan 35-38

Parental Leave 18

Part-Time Work:

Generally 23, 25

Personal Days 9

TransitCheks 8

Vacation Buy-Back 12

Penal Law (PL) 28

Pension 11

Personal Days 9

Personnel Records 21

Police 29, 30, 31

Post-Conviction Remedies 30

Preamble 2

Pregnancy 18, 24

Prisoners’ Rights 30

Private Interview Facilities 28

Private Practice 18

Pro Bono Representation 21

Probationary Period 16

Professional Differences 28

Promotions 20

Quality of Representation:

ABA Standards 14, 27

Attorney-Client Relationship 25, 27

Code of Prof. Responsibility 26, 27, 29

Continuity of Representation 25

Education 28, 29

Felony Certification 29

Interview Conditions 27

Law Enforcement Issues 30

Malpractice Insurance 30

NLADA Standards 27, 30

Office Day 28

Outside Counsel 30

Society Policy Positions 31

Special Litigation 9, 12, 30

Standard of Advocacy 25

Support Services 30

Training 28


Continuity of Representation 25

Generally 23, 25

Flex-Time 8

Grievance 26

Office Space 19, 24

Part-Time Work 19

Standards 26

Vacation 12

Recall from Layoff 22

Record Keeping…………………………..24

Release Time, for Union staff 4

Reopener, Salary 7

Resignation 23

Sabbatical   7


Basic Salary Schedule/ Scale 7, 30

Credit for Prior Service 7

Union Officers 4

Security 22, 23

Senior Staff 17, 20, 21, 29


Credit for Prior Service 7

Layoff 22, 23

Part-Time Work 23, 25

Supervisors, Returned to Staff 8

Transfers 20, 22

Union Staff 4

Society Policy Positions 31

Special Litigation 9, 12, 30

Standard of Advocacy 25

Step/Year, and Salary 7, 30

Subpoenas, of Police Reports 30

Supervisor, Conflict with 19

Supervisory Responsibilities 21

Support Services 30

Tax Shelters 11

Technology, Introduction of New 23

Telecommuting 20

Training, Ed. and Certification 28


Interpersonal Conflict 19

Involuntary 21

Job Security 22

Orientation in New Practice 29

Recall from Layoff 22

Voluntary 20

Workload Grievance 26

TransitCheks 8

Travel Reimbursement 21

Tuberculosis 23


Access to Financial Records 4

Activities 4

Agency Shop 3

Collective Bargaining Agreement 3, 4

Dues and Fees 3

Joint Union-Management Committees 4

Leave 4

Membership 3

No Strike or Lockout 4

Officers 4

Recognition 3

Release Time 4

Representatives 4

Staff 4

Vacation 11, 12

Vertical Rep. (Continuity) 25

Vision Benefits 40

Wage Reopener 7


Continuity of Representation 25

Generally 23, 25

Flex-Time 8

Grievance 26

Office Space 19, 24

Part-Time Work 23, 25

Standards 26

Vacation 11-12

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