This Week in Government Affairs
August 21, 2015
- New committee
The Business Council is working on a pro-active agenda for its new Consumer Affairs Committee. In 2015, this committee addressed issues including retail theft, proposed product restrictions and others.
- Fast food wage board
The Business Council submitted additional recommendations and “objections” during the 15 day public comment period on the Fast Food Wage Board’s final report. We raised concerns that the state failed to follow procedural requirements, and did an inadequate job of considering adverse business impacts. This proposal to set a $15 minimum wage will directly impact a number of Business Council members, and will be used by advocates to push for a broader wage mandate in the 2016 session. Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky
- Proposed pay card rule
The Business Council submitted detailed comments to the New York State Department of Labor in response to its proposed regulation establishing standards governing the use of payroll debit cards. The proposed regulation directly affects Business Council members including employers, the banking community and institutions such as Visa and MasterCard. Rather than providing a reasonable set of rules for use of the pay card, the proposal imposes requirements, restrictions and costs on employers that not only would fail to promote the expanded use of pay cards but would likely result in the reduction of current use. The Business Council’s comments are intended to define a workable approach for the regulation of pay cards that meets the needs of employees, employers and providers alike.
- Extension on telecommunications comments
The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has extended the deadline to file comments on the Staff Assessment of Telecommunications Services to October 23, 2015.
- Sales tax exemptions
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) last week released a bulletin for alcohol beverage producers (including wineries and farm wineries; cideries and farm cideries; breweries and farm breweries; and distilleries and farm distilleries) listing various sales and use taxes exemptions for which they may qualify. Click here to view the bulletin. The NYSDTF, for the purposes of the bulletin, defines “directly” as meaning that during the production phase the property must: act upon or effect a change in material to form the product to be sold; have an active and necessary role in the production of the product for sale; be used during production in the handling, storage, or conveyance of materials or the product to be sold; or be used to package the product for sale. It defines “predominantly” as meaning that the property is used more than 50 percent of the time in a production activity.
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