Randy Gast Awarded Martin Luther School’s 2017 Love in Christ Award
Nov 22, 2017 | 121 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Martin Luther School’s Board of Directors proudly recognized Mr. Randal C. Gast for his “extraordinary contributions and faithful service as MLS’s Executive Director in support of the school’s Mission and students from 2009-2017.” The presentation took place at a meeting of the entire MLS Faculty and Staff, which the Board hosted this week.

Mr. Gast moved to his new role as Director of International Recruitment in August to focus his efforts on growing MLS’s international enrollment further. Building on the strong foundation he laid for bringing even more international diversity to MLS, he has created an exciting global environment at MLS. Mr. Gast’s role will be a significant element of the school’s Reset for Growth strategy, which the Board announced last month.

James R. Regan, who replaced Mr. Gast as Martin Luther School’s Acting Executive Director beamed with pride as he commented “MLS is simply put: like no other school I know in the way we live and learn through our diversity. Randy Gast has made MLS proof that International diversity brings students together and spurs their growth as they meet, learn and play here.’’

Not one who likes being in the limelight, Mr. Gast humbly accepted the award and was speechless when President of the Board, Michael Jakob, announced this exciting recognition. Mr. Gast kindly sat with us to talk about this recognition, his plans as the new Director of International Admissions, and some of his most cherished memories at MLS.

Q: Congratulations on receiving your award last night – this kind of recognition shows how much you mean to the Martin Luther School Community – what does this recognition mean to you?

Randy: “It is a validation of one’s profession and time. This was totally unexpected, truly not necessary, but I am very humbled by it.”

Q: What are some of your most stand-out memories throughout your time here at MLS?

Randy: “The experience of working with kids who have been through so much in their lives at such a young age, has shown Randy the role that MLS plays in students’ lives. “The role we play as a school – transforming, reclaiming, and affecting lives is unimaginable. My greatest experience has been the opportunity to work with the students. Some see commencement as the most important day. But the day before commencement is the most important to me because it is the last time I am able to worship with that class.” Looking back on all of the school’s Walk-A-Thons, community events, and athletics activities, Randy explains, “Martin Luther School is one of the greatest ministries I have had in my 39 years, and I am thankful to God in some small and meaningful way that I am still able to manifest that part of my life moving forward.”

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EEOC Offers Harassment Prevention and Respectful Workplaces Training
by cjleclaire
 Stephen Hans Blog
Nov 21, 2017 | 1124 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Despite legislation and law enforcement, incidents of harassment still occur in the workplace. Often employers are at a loss in knowing how to prevent it. They can’t be everywhere at once to supervise first-hand what is taking place in their business.

The new training being offered by the EEOC is a proactive solution for preventing harassment. The training applies to real life situations and gives employees and employers valuable tools that begin by addressing uncivil behavior, which can escalate and lead to harassment.

Sexual Harassment

How Does This Training Differ from Other Anti-Harassment Education and Training Programs?

Traditional anti-harassment or anti-discrimination training programs focus on educating supervisors and workers about existing laws, legal definitions and liability standards that businesses must meet.

The EEOC’s new programs , called “Leading for Respect” and “Respect in the Workplace,” focus directly on conduct.

Participants in the program learn about treating others with respect and what respectful conduct involves. By fostering respectful behavior in the workplace, businesses can also become more efficient and profitable. The training also assists employers by reviewing their policies and procedures and evaluating them in terms of harassment prevention.

The point where a company starts preventing harassment is by changing its culture.  Two main aspects of the program geared to do this are workplace civility training and bystander intervention training.

Workplace Civility and Bystander Intervention Training

Workplace civility training promotes civility and tolerance for diversity in the workplace. When workers enter a general culture of civility, employers often see less of its counterpart, harassment.

Civility training has been used by employers and is not new to workplaces. However, bystander prevention training is a newer concept for preventing harassment.

Schools and colleges have used violence intervention training as a way to curb sexual assault. It empowers students to intervene and prevent assault by increasing bystander awareness, encouraging collective responsibility, empowering students through skill-building exercises and making resources available to support intervention. By-stander prevention training brings the same skills to the workplace to enable workers to intervene and stop harassment.

If you have questions or legal concerns about workplace harassment, find out how we can help.

Stephen Hans & Associates has decades of experience assisting company owners with employment related issues.

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Answers to Common Questions about Injuries Caused by Contaminated Buildings
by cjleclaire
 Pyrros Serres
Nov 21, 2017 | 657 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The common perception is that workers’ compensation claims arise when someone is involved in a work-related accident. Often, however, one of the most debilitating conditions may stem from environmental conditions—from substances present in the building, rather than from a specific incident. The term “sick building syndrome” has evolved to describe these types of injuries.

Q: What is sick building syndrome?

A: According to the National Institutes of Health, sick building syndrome, or SBS, refers to a situation where many of the occupants of a specific building experience the same adverse health challenges. For example, persons working in the same building may experience headaches, nausea and other specific maladies, or there may be increased absenteeism among workers at a specific location. In many instances, the actual source of the health problems may be difficult or impossible to ascertain.

Q: What are some of the telltale signs of SBS?

A: SBS can manifest in a wide array of symptoms, including:

  • Skin problems—lesions or dry, itchy skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue

Q: What are some known causes of SBS?

A: The World Health Organization issued a report finding that sick building syndrome is often cause by mold and bacteria, but the existence of chemical contaminants, and by pollen and viruses.

Q: Can you seek workers’ compensation benefits for Sick Building Syndrome?

A: Yes. In New York, to recover disability benefits as a result of a work-related condition, you must show only two things—that you were working, and that you suffered injury or illness in the course of your employment. If you can show that many of your co-workers experienced similar health problems, and incidences of similar illness were less in nearby work environments, that may be circumstantial evidence to support a workers’ compensation claim.

Effective Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Queens, New York

At Pyrros & Serres, we bring more than 50 years of combined workers’ compensation experience to injured workers throughout the borough of Queens and New York City metropolitan area. We built our successful practice on a commitment to personal service and attention. As a result, many of our new cases come to us as referrals from our colleagues in the legal profession or from other clients.

We handle all types of work-related injury claims, including cases involving:

Back and Neck Injury | Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) | Fractures | Shoulder, Arm, Hand and Finger Injury | Hip, Leg, Foot and Toe Injury| Burns | Paralysis |Occupational Illness | Spinal Cord Injury | Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement | Amputation or Loss of Limb | Hearing or Vision Loss | Accidental Death


For more information about the services we provide, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Workers’ Compensation Attorneys—Queens, New York

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Giving Yourself the Best Chance to Win a Workers’ Compensation Claim
by cjleclaire
 Pyrros Serres
Nov 21, 2017 | 660 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The Right Preparation to Maximize Your Chance of Winning a Work Comp Claim

New York City | Queens | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

When you’ve suffered an injury on the job, you have the right to pursue compensation to cover lost wages and medical expenses. In many situations, even though it may seem like you have an open and shut case, your claim may initially be denied. For that reason, it’s particularly important that you do all that you can to get ready for your workers’ compensation hearing. Here are some ways you can do that.

  • Step One—Start preparing the minute you meet with an attorney. Ideally, your lawyer will walk you through the entire process, so that you know exactly what to expect. Your lawyer will also advise you regarding what you should and should not do. Remember, it’s not uncommon for the workers’ compensation insurance provider to send an investigator out to see if you really are hurt.
  • Step Two—Immediately gather any information you have related to your claim. The sooner you preserve evidence, the less the risk that it will be lost or forgotten. Organize all the evidence—unpaid medical bills, doctor’s reports, medical records.
  • Step Three—Think about your testimony at the hearing. Your attorney should tell you the types of questions to expect, and should also work closely with you to identify what you want to say, and what you’d like to try to avoid saying. You may even have your attorney put you through a mock examination.

The Best Way to Prepare for Your Workers’ Compensation Hearing

Experienced NYC | Queens | Bronx | Brooklyn Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

Pyrros & Serres LLP

Queens | NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

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