Residents Could Lose Sick Leave After Traveling Under Executive Order

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.ALBANY – A new state order requiring 14-days of quarantine after traveling to a state with a high Coronavirus infection rate could impact New Yorkers’ benefits.New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have imposed two weeks of quarantine for anyone arriving from eight states that are at high risk for COVID-19.The order also states that New Yorkers who take non-work related trips to the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Texas and then return would lose their sick leave and paid benefits.The new orders are being sent to all airports to make travelers aware of the new consequences. last_img read more

Board approves Bar fee increase

first_imgBoard approves Bar fee increase Board approves Bar fee increase Senior Editor Saying they had little choice, members of The Florida Bar Board of Governors have approved overwhelmingly the first increase in annual membership fees in 11 years. If approved by the Supreme Court, fees for the 2001-02 fiscal year will rise from $190 to $265 for active members and from $140 to $175 for inactive members. Board members, at their December 15 meeting in Coral Gables, said after they examined the numbers provided by the Budget Committee, they concluded there was no alternative but to approve the hike if the Bar were to remain an effective voice for the public and the profession. Most, although not all, said the lawyers they represent either supported the raise or at least did not oppose it. Budget Committee Chair Jesse Diner said the only opposition the committee received was six letters. He noted that without the fee increase, the Bar is facing a period of increasing deficits. The deficit was about $50,000 two years ago, rose to more than $1 million last year and could top $1.8 million for the current budget year, he said. Diner also said that the $190 approved in the 1990-91 budget would require $252 because of inflation today. Board member Louis “Buck” Vocelle said while he personally supported the increase, he had gotten the most input of any issue during his six years on the board from his circuit members “and they are overwhelmingly against it.” He said the 19th Circuit lawyers felt it was too big of an increase at one time. “I’ve had the exact opposite experience,” said board member David Welch of the 17th Circuit. “To a person, every lawyer that I’ve talked to in my area said, `This is a no-brainer; why didn’t this happen before now?’ You’re talking about, basically, a cost of living equalization as opposed to a raise.” National Bar Association Virgil Hawkins Chapter President Craig Gibbs, representative to the board, said his members also opposed the increase. They supported, he said, a two-tiered system with lower dues for newer Bar members. Diner said the Budget Committee considered a tiered system, but decided it wasn’t practical. Budget Committee chair-elect William Kalish said the main Bar expenses were for the discipline system and CLE programs, and those help all lawyers. Board member John Hume noted he has opposed many Bar programs, but is convinced the hike in the annual fees is needed. “We are the defenders of the idea of the rule of law and we have to have strength to carry out our mission,” he said. “The fee increase is necessary to carry out that mission.” “This board made a decision nearly a year ago to take aggressive stands against multidisciplinary practices, and, at the time we made that decision, we made a commitment to our lawyers who were being adversely impacted by de facto MDP,” said board member William “Dude” Phelan. “Our commitment was we would not make this a one-vote wonder, that we would make this a commitment to enforcing the rules. “That takes money. There’s barely money now to do what we’re already doing,” he added, calling the increase “a war chest to put our money where our mouth is.” The board approved the Budget Committee’s motion for the increase overwhelmingly on a voice vote. Bar President Herman Russomanno praised the work of the Budget Committee and the dedication of the board in reviewing the fiscal numbers. “We are here to protect the financial interests of all the members of this Bar,” he said. According to Budget Committee figures, the increase in the annual membership fee is expected to restore the Bar budget to the black for several years. But Diner warned much will depend on how well the Bar does with its investments, noting budget projections are based on the Bar earning eight percent annually. The proposed hike must also be approved by the Supreme Court, since current Bar rules limit Bar fees to a maximum of $190. The fee hike proposal was brought to the board ahead of the 2001-2002 budget because of the time necessary to amend the rules. January 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img

Manager Mike Scioscia monitoring Angels’ bullpen, but not more than usual

first_imgScioscia insisted Saturday that he’s not more concerned about overtaxing his bullpen than in the past. The Angels’ new six-man starting rotation this season also is not a reason for keeping a closer watch on their relievers than usual, according to Scioscia.The Angels have seven relievers to go with a six-man rotation used to accommodate Shohei Ohtani, a rookie from Japan who is pitching and serving as a designated hitter this season. Even if the Angels had eight relievers, Scioscia said he would keep a close watch on his bullpen.The starters simply haven’t chewed up the needed innings to give the bullpen a break, he said.“You always pay a lot of attention to your bullpen,” Scioscia said. “But when you’re in the situation that we’ve been in for the first quarter of the season, you certainly have to pay more attention to it. We’ve been fortunate to have mostly an eight-man bullpen, which helps for the first 40 games.”Seven relievers should be plenty, as far as Scioscia is concerned. ANAHEIM — No question, the Angels’ bullpen was overworked to start the 2018 season. Their relief corps needed to be monitored and protected as much as possible as the days and weeks passed and their starters failed to pitch deep enough in games.Matters seemed to be changing for the better, with Angels starters posting a 2.14 ERA in May, the fourth-best mark in the majors. Handoffs from their starters to their relievers continue to be problematic, however, with Friday’s bullpen collapse the latest case in point.Manager Mike Scioscia tried to avoid using Jose Alvarez, Kenyan Middleton and Jim Johnson on Friday, giving them a rest after they pitched Thursday. Instead, Scioscia stayed with Justin Anderson, who gave up three runs in 1-1/3 innings in the Angels’ 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.Middleton is the only Angels reliever to have pitched three consecutive days, and he ended up on the disabled list because of a right elbow inflammation after throwing April 21-22-23. Three consecutive days of throwing now seems to be the no-go zone.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Our issue has been for a lot of the first quarter of the season is we were averaging 14 outs from a lot of the rotation,” he said. “That’s a lot for you bullpen to pick up every night. We’re protective of every pitcher in our bullpen. They need a day (off), they get a day.”OHTANI WORKLOAD UPDATEThe Angels hope Ohtani will shift from pitching every seven days to every six days, which was their game plan going into the season. When it happens is anyone’s guess, although the Angels finally have six healthy starters with the return of Nick Tropeano from the disabled list Saturday.“Hopefully, Shohei will be able to come back on a six-day rest instead of a seven-day,” Scioscia said. “As he gets comfortable and starts to get innings under his belt, hopefully, he’ll be able to recover and be able to do that at some point. It will help us a lot.“(But) we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.”COVERING THE BASESThe Angels sent reliever Akeel Morris to Triple-A Salt Lake in order to make room for Tropeano on the roster. Tropeano, who started Saturday against the Twins, had been on the disabled list because of shoulder inflammation since May 2.Reliever Blake Wood is scheduled to make a rehab appearance with Class-A Inland Empire on Monday, Scioscia said. Wood, a right-hander, has been on the DL since April 23 because of an impingement in his right shoulder. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more