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Legislative Memo

Frank Kerbein
Director, Center for Human Resources
T 518.465.7511 x210
www.bcnys.org

BILL:

S.4289 (Savino)/ A.4258 (Englebright)

Support

SUBJECT:

Creates a new private cause of action for an alleged abusive work environment

 

DATE:

May 6, 2011

 

This bill would establish a new civil cause of action for employees who claim that they are subject to an abusive work environment. The Business Council strongly opposes enactment of this proposal.

Pits employees against their employers

Sufficient protections already in place

Invites the courts to establish workplace civility codes

An unworkable retaliation provision

For these reasons, The Business Council opposes this legislation and respectfully urges that it not be enacted by the New York State Legislature.