Services

The Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Labor Relations and Negotiations service has been a trusted partner to the Monroe and surrounding county area school districts for over 20 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys provide guidance to school districts with labor related issues surrounding the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, seniority, tenure, minimum wage and discrimination, to name a few.

Attendance/Residency

The Attendance Investigator Service is currently staffed by 15 school investigators, most of whom are retired law enforcement officers, and one Senior School Investigator, Dan Magill. This service conducts residency investigations for participating districts of suspected non-residents who are occupying attendance space intended for resident students.  This service also offers guidance to districts with student attendance issues. In New York State compulsory student attendance is required as well as a system for accounting for the student’s school attendance throughout the school day. The Attendance Investigator Service helps districts meet this need by acting as a liaison between the school and family to facilitate the student’s school attendance.  This service is provided through an hourly fee on an as-needed basis with no annual administration fee. This charge is aidable for districts that qualify for BOCES aid.
 
To utilize either the Attendance or Residency Service, please contact Senior School Investigator Dan R. Magill.
 
For more information about the service, please contact
Lynda M. VanCoske, Esq.

Labor Relations & Negotiation Service

The Labor Relations and Negotiations Service provides a wealth of services and can customize an offering to meet a district’s needs. The main components of this service are research, negotiations, personnel and contract administration. We provide research and consultation on any labor, personnel or education related area such as FMLA, FLSA, ADA, seniority, tenure, minimum wages, and discrimination. We provide analysis of existing labor contracts, comparison of contract language, and act as the chief negotiator for at-the-table negotiations. This service assists with contract-related issues, grievance administration, and developing counter-proposals to union demands. We also conduct misconduct investigations and provide in-service training on a variety of labor issues. The service also includes a membership with the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and provides to member district’s its federal and New York State mandated labor related poster boards. The charge for this service is aidable for districts who qualify for BOCES aid.
 
For more information about this service, please contact Lynda M. VanCoske, Esq.

Members Only

The Members Only Service provides a membership to the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce as well as access to data including an Abolition Outline, Monroe County Public School District contracts, I-9 Packet, Personnel Notebook, Survey data, FMLA Packet, and Tenure Outline. In addition, the service provides to its member districts the mandated State and federal labor law postings. Click here to log in to the the Members Only portion of the website.

Superintendent Disciplinary Hearings

The Labor Relations staff acts as the Superintendent’s designee to conduct the student long-term suspension hearing and provide the recommendation to the Superintendent.
 
As a member of this service, we offer a complimentary yearly training on conducting Superintendent hearings as well as a complimentary bi-annual training on the identification of illicit drugs and the testing of marijuana given by the Narcotics Unit of the Rochester Police Department. Participants receive a certification in identifying marijuana upon completion of the class.
 
A district does not have to be a member of the Labor Relations and Negotiations Service to join this service. There is a unit cost for the first 25 hearings and a flat fee for any hearings thereafter. This charge is aidable for districts that qualify for BOCES aid.
 
For more information about this service, please contact Lynda M. VanCoske, Esq. Access the Superintendent Hearing Training Materials here.

Trainings/Seminars

The Labor Relations Service provides training at the district’s request - we come to you! We can provide training customized to your district’s needs on any labor issue. We also provide seminars in our Professional Development Center on topics that support districts through current and/or common labor issues.
 
Trainings and Seminars we have held include:
•    Progressive discipline
•    Reference checking
•    Sexual harassment
•    Writing improvement plans
•    Calculating FMLA leave

This service is complimentary for districts who participate in our Labor Relations Service.
 
For more information about this service, please contact Lynda M. VanCoske

Unemployment Insurance Service

This service provides quarterly reports to participating districts regarding analysis of claim amounts and district comparisons, handles benefit protests, and represents participating districts during hearings and appeals.
 
Districts can choose to participate in the Unemployment Service as an extension of the Labor Relations and Negotiations Service. The charge for this service is separate from the Labor Relations Service fee and is aidable for districts that qualify for BOCES aid.
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