Do employers own our professional license?

We work as Physical Therapists in a hospital in NY and would like to know if there has been a violation of our rights committed when our Medical Director sent out our resume and PT license to bid for an MTA contract to be an Assessment Center for Access-A-Ride applicants without our consent. We are fully aware that under the Union CBA, the employer may modify our job description. But does it give them the right to do what I mentioned a while ago? They didn't sat down with us to tell us about their new MTA project and our would be involvement. He asked us to submit a recent resume saying that they need to update our files to find out later on that our license along with the updated resume left the building and was used to win the said bidding. And we're supposed to be entitled to get a salary modification as well but it has been a year now since this new job has been added and there's nothing. We spoke to the Union but no one can give us definite answers. Do we have a right to request a copy of that MTA contract so we would know what our new scope of employment is all about? We went to our HR and asked for our employment contract but it only stated the job description on which we were originally hired to do so. There was no job description modification done in the contract.

1 answer  |  asked May 6, 2008 4:19 PM [EST]  |  applies to New York

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David M. Lira
Professional Licenses

The details of licensing vary depending on the profession. With some professions to have a valid license, you need to be associate with a higher level license. For example, real estate agents have to be connected to licensed real estate brokers. Agents are employed by brokers, although brokers can be employed by brokers too.

There are no associational requirements for a lot of other licenses. For example, a lawyer's license stays with the lawyer.

posted by David M. Lira  |  May 7, 2008 08:53 AM [EST]

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