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On Labor Day, Governor Hochul Signs Four Pieces Of Legislation ‘To Boost’ Workplace Safety & ‘Put More Money In The Pockets Of New York State Workers’

Published Tuesday, September 7, 2021
by The Governor’s Press Office
On Labor Day, Governor Hochul Signs Four Pieces Of Legislation ‘To Boost’ Workplace Safety & ‘Put More Money In The Pockets Of New York State Workers’

WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above – Surrounded by a number of Buffalo Labor Leaders and elected officials, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul returned to her home grounds to march in the city’s annual Labor Day Parade.  But before doing so, she took time out to sign four pieces of legislation that will boost Workplace Safety and put more money in the pockets of Working New Yorkers (WNYLaborToday.com Photos)

 

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – While in Buffalo to march with Organized Labor in the city’s annual Labor Day Parade, Governor Kathy Hochul took time out to sign four pieces of legislation to boost Workplace Safety and put more money in the pockets of New York State Workers:

Establishes a Demonstration Program Implementing Speed Violation Monitoring Systems in Work Zones - This legislation (S.4682-B/A.485-B) establishes a demonstration program implementing Speed Violation Monitoring Systems in work zones by means of photo devices and relates to notices of liability and the adjudication of certain traffic infractions involving the use of photo monitoring devices.

Makes Construction Contractors Liable for Wages Owed to Employees of Their Subcontractors - This legislation (A.3350-A/S.2766-C) makes contractors on construction projects jointly liable for wages owed to Employees of their subcontractors.  Construction contractors are not currently liable for wages of their subcontractors' Employees unless there is an employment relationship between the contractor and the Employee of the subcontractor.  This Bill applies prospectively to contracts entered 120 days after the Bill becomes law.  It also allows contractors to demand payroll information from subcontractors and withhold payment if the information is not provided.

Requires the Payment of Prevailing Wage to Building Service Employees at Co-Cops and Condos that Receive the 467-a Tax Abatement - This legislation (S.6350-A/A.7434-A) requires the payment of Prevailing Wages to Building Service Employees at co-ops and condos that receive tax abatements under section 467a of the Tax Law.  The law applies to buildings with an average unit assessed value of more than $60,000, with the exception of buildings that have an average unit assessed value of $60,000 to $100,000 and have fewer than 30 units.  The legislation makes affidavits certifying the payment of Prevailing Wages to Building Service Workers public records that may be produced before a court or administrative tribunal.  The New York State Department of Labor has the power to conduct an investigation and hearing and file a final determination to enforce the law and make sure Employees are properly paid.

Extends Shared Work Benefits - This legislation (S.4049/A.5678) changes the cap on Shared Work Benefits from 26 straight weeks to an amount of time equal to 26 weeks' worth of benefits. The Shared Work Program allows employers to keep Employees and avoid layoffs by allowing Staff Members to receive partial Unemployment Insurance Benefits while working reduced hours.  Under current law, claimants can only receive 26 weeks of benefits, regardless of what the claimant's maximum benefit entitlement is under UI.  This Bill will allow claimants to collect the reduced Unemployment Insurance Benefit under a Shared Work Program until they have hit their maximum benefit amount under traditional Unemployment Insurance.

"On Labor Day every year, we're reminded of the vital contributions of Organized Labor to building New York, and that's why I'm signing four pieces of legislation to help Workers thrive across our state," Governor Hochul said in Buffalo. 

"These Bills will make sure Workers are paid fair wages, receive good benefits and stay safe on their worksites.  Our state is home to a long and proud legacy of supporting working New Yorkers and we're working to bolster that for the future," the Governor added.

In a released statement, New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said: "From day one, Governor Hochul promised to work collaboratively with the Legislature and Labor, and she has delivered on that promise by signing into law several Bills that will improve the lives of Working People."

To Read This Labor News Story In Its Entirety, Go To: www.governor.ny.gov/news/labor-day-governor-hochul-signs-four-pieces-legislation-boost-workplace-safety-and-put-more

 

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