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Government Affairs Albany Update

March 11, 2005

New Federal Poster Requirement

The federal Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004, signed by President Bush on December 10, 2004, requires employers to provide employees with notice of their rights, benefits and obligations under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

The U.S. Department of Labor has devised a new poster to meet this obligation. Click here to view the poster in pdf format.

Governor's Reform Package

Governor Pataki announced his “Comprehensive Government Reform” package this week, which included amendments to the state's Finance Law, Lobbying Act, Ethics law. Highlights include the following:

Procurement Lobbying Restrictions:

Lobbying Act amendments:

Ethics Law amendments:

These bills have not yet been introduced in the state legislature, and are not yet available electronically. However, we have received hard copies from the Governor's office.

2004 School Report Cards

The State Education Department recently released the 2004 school report cards. Summary data related to the results for students who entered 9th grade in 2000 is also available, as well as a link to a new web site for parents which is related to commonly asked questions about state assessments and Regents exams. Click here for more information.