Cecilia Faringer-Perez ’18 has helped launch a sensible on-line information for staff via the Tompkins County Staff’ Heart.
New York’s first on-line Workers’ Rights Handbook overlaying salient updates to labor regulation and a complete set of assets serving staff in our neighborhood has launched on the Tompkins County Staff’ Heart’s web site, thanks largely to ILRie Cecilia Faringer-Perez ’18.
The useful resource she accomplished alongside employee middle co-founder Carl Feuer, Ph.D. ’83 is a “good instance of Cornell’s attain past the confines of campus,” Faringer-Perez stated.
Faringer-Perez joined the center as a employee advocate in 2020, serving the neighborhood via the Staff’ Rights Hotline. It took her and Feuer roughly two months to finish the net handbook, which the middle hopes will improve language accessibility via its built-in translation instrument and prolong the Staff’ Heart’s total attain.
In accordance with Faringer-Perez, the information she constructed via her ILR coursework on labor regulation with Professor Kati Griffith most instantly knowledgeable her work with the middle.
“In our extremely individualistic society, most individuals are pressured to struggle towards labor regulation violations on their very own,” Faringer-Perez stated. “We obtain quite a few calls from of us who’re grappling with wage theft, retaliation and different unfair labor practices each day. Our Staff’ Rights Handbook arms staff with pertinent information of present labor legal guidelines and very important assets, which bolsters their company to struggle towards office injustice and safeguard their rights.”
Now in its fourth version, the handbook was first revealed in 2003 by the Cortland Staff’ Rights Board to offer complete, but concise details about office rights in New York. Whereas it isn’t meant to provide authorized recommendation in regards to the particular conduct of an employer or the actions of any public or personal company, the handbook tries to make clear what people have to know to claim their rights and to be handled pretty.
The swap to an internet format has paid off, as the middle’s hotline has seen a ten% improve in calls this previous month.
“As a corporation, we wish to maximize the hotline’s impression as an organizing instrument and are at the moment implementing some adjustments to our consumption course of,” Faringer-Perez stated. “It is all fingers on deck to make sure that we optimize the middle’s attain as a lot as attainable.”