Updated: Nov 7, 2018
Certain public civil service employees cannot be disciplined or removed from office without receiving civil service protections described in Section 75 of New York Civil Service Law, including written notice of charges, and a full civil service hearing. Until this week, those in the "Labor Class" were not entitled to those procedures until completing 5 years of employment.
On September 7, 2018, Civil Service Law Section 75 was amended, to extend rights to labor class employees. The amended law is effective immediately. If you are a public employer and have any employees who fall within the "labor" civil service classification, they are now protected pursuant to Section 75. If you are an employee in this category, you are entitled to civil service protections before you are suspended, reprimanded, fined, or terminated.
This does not alter the rights that employee receive through union collective bargaining agreements.