The Office of Labor Relations & Legal Services of the Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES provides labor relations services to component school districts who subscribe as well as other legal related services.

Labor Relations Services include:

Representing districts in all aspects of labor relations, including at-the-table bargaining, development of management negotiation proposals and strategies, and providing information on salaries and benefits.

Representing districts in grievances, arbitrations, employee discipline/discharge hearings, and actions involving the NYS Public Employment Relations Board.

Conducting investigations and counsel boards of education, superintendents, and school administrators in matters regarding labor relations, personnel issues, and employee discipline issues.

Reviewing contract language and advice on issues regarding contract administration.

Legal Services include:

School districts may access the legal expertise of our School Attorneys by entering into an inter-municipal agreement.  Districts that participate in this inter-municipal agreement receive consultation, advise, and representation in a broad range of legal issues.

Contact the staff for further information:

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George Shaffer III, Esq, Director, gshaffer@boces.com

Walter M. Jeram, Jr., School Attorney, wjeram@boces.com

Candice Dean, Paralegal, cdean@boces.com

Kathy J. Nicholson, Personnel Assistant, knicholson@boces.com

Telephone: (315) 779-7000

Fax: (315) 779-7009