January 2018
Paid Family Leave Benefit Begins January 1
Effective January 1, 2018, the National Benefit Fund will administer New York State's new Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefit. This benefit will provide eligible full- and part-time National Benefit Fund members with a partial-wage replacement if they need time off to take care of family members with serious health conditions, to care for a newborn or newly adopted or fostered child, or to tend to situations that arise when a family member is called to active military service. For calendar year 2018, eligible members can receive up to eight weeks of leave at 50 percent of their average weekly wage.

Many employer representatives took part in a webinar that outlined the procedure for processing employees' PFL leave requests. Employers who did not participate in the webinar may view it by clicking here or access an employer FAQ here. For more information on how to submit a PFL benefit request, please contact your Outreach Coordinator or Thomas Grimes, Assistant Director of the Eligibility-Employer Services Unit, who can be reached at (646) 473-8811 or Thomas.Grimes@1199Funds.org.

Community Health Worker Apprentices Receive U.S. Department of Labor Credentials
Fifteen 1199SEIU community health worker (CHW) registered apprentices received national credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor at an event held during National Apprenticeship Week (November 13-19, 2017). The CHWs successfully completed a pilot apprenticeship program last June that was jointly sponsored by the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds (TEF), Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare and LaGuardia Community College of the City of New York (CUNY). The program consists of 1,000 on-the-job training hours at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and an additional 170 hours of classroom training provided by LaGuardia Community College. TEF is currently training two additional cohorts of CHW apprentices: one group of 22 apprentices will complete the program in February, and another 17 apprentices are scheduled to begin the program in the fall. For more information, please contact Samir Fayyaz at Samir.Fayyaz@1199Funds.org.

Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Receives "Employer of the Year" Award
Congratulations to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center for receiving the "Employer of the Year" award from the New York City Employment & Training Coalition. Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center is being recognized for its Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Program, of which the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds (TEF) is a sponsor. The program helps create career pathways in public health by combining industry-driven, on-the-job training at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center that includes the opportunity to earn college credits and a middle-income wage with Union benefits.

The Child Care Corporation's Annual Gala Scores Another Big Success
The 11th annual 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation Care for Kids Gala took place on Tuesday, December 5, at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. The event raised more than $300,000 for the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation (CCC), which will be used in part to establish a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) program at the Future of America Learning Center (FALC), the corporation's early childhood learning center in the Bronx.

Since 2006, the Care for Kids Gala has raised money to support CCC programs that benefit families in the communities and institutions they serve. The gala honors individuals and organizations whose work demonstrates a commitment to children and families. This year's distinguished honorees, who have dedicated their work to the betterment of local communities, included Jennifer Ching, executive director of North Star Fund; Thelma Dye, PhD, Hilde L. Mosse executive director and chief executive officer of Northside Center for Child Development, Inc.; and Steven M. Safyer, MD, president and chief executive officer of Montefiore Medicine.

Lee H. Perlman, executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and president of GNYHA Ventures, Inc., chaired the gala. Serving as honorary gala chairs were George Gresham, PhD, president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; Bruce McIver, president of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York; and Vivian Fox, CCC president and executive director of the 1199SEIU Child Care Funds.

For more than two decades, the CCC and the Child Care Funds have helped provide more than 300,000 children of 1199SEIU members and the community at large with access to early childhood education, summer day and sleep-away camps, internships, mentoring, college scholarships and many other programs. This year alone, through the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program, the organizations distributed more than $7 million in scholarships. For more information on the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation, visit www.ChildCareCorp.org or call (646) 473-8330.
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
The 1199SEIU League Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF) assists 1199SEIU members in staying abreast of developments in their fields, helping them to provide quality care and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Please share these opportunities with 1199SEIU employees at your institution. The schedule is also available at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/continuing-ed-events.

Obesity Epidemic: Stress, Lifestyle and the Environment 
Saturday, January 20
8:45 am to 4:30 pm

This six-hour program has been accredited for a number of healthcare professionals. It will be offered at The TimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan. Live videocast and live webcast will also be available.

Free prep courses are also available for national certification exams and New York State Licensure examinations for several positions, including social workers and clinical lab technologists. For more information, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute or contact TUF's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.
In This Issue
Paid Family Leave Benefit Begins January 1
Community Health Worker Apprentices Receive U.S. Department of Labor Credentials
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Receives "Employer of the Year" Award
The Child Care Corporation's Annual Gala Scores Another Big Success
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs

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