GAC Committee Update
December 12, 2016
Staff Contact: Ken Pokalsky
Save the date for The Business Council’s Annual Conference on State Taxation, which will be held on March 8 – 9 at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. The conference provides attendees with the latest on tax issues and how these will impact business in New York. CEU and CLE credits are available.
2017 Legislative Calendar
The New York State Legislature has issued its session calendar for 2017, available here. No formal date has been announced yet for the release of the Governor’s FY 2018 Executive Budget; by the Constitution, it has to be released no later than January 17 (the second Tuesday after the first day of session.)
The Assembly Standing Committee on Banks is hosting a hearing on cybersecurity on Monday, December 19, at 10:30 a.m., at the LOB (Hearing Room C) in Albany. Specifically, the hearing will examine current state laws and regulations regarding cybersecurity and assess the need for further legislation to strengthen consumer protections. The Business Council will be collecting member input and providing testimony. Staff contact: Johnny Evers and Cate Tully
NYC Employee Scheduling Legislation
Foreshadowing a likely focus of the 2017 state legislative session, the New York City Council has introduced a package of legislation imposing a number of new mandates and restrictions on employers’ scheduling practices, some focused on the fast food industry, others applicable to all employers. They include:
- Intro 1396 - creates a new Chapter 12 in the New York City administrative code and provides definitions and general enforcement and penalty provisions, including a private right of action. Its scheduling provisions only apply to “fast food employers” and require payments in event of schedule changes in certain circumstances, among other provisions.
- Intro 1387 - proposes multiple provisions for scheduling of retail workers.
- Intro 1388 - places limits on “shift spread”for fast food workers.
- Intro 1395 - applies to fast food only, and mandates that available hours be offered to current employees; it also requires employer to “make reasonable effort” to provide training to existing employees so they can perform work for which extra hours are typically available.
- Intro 1399 - requires all employers to provide employees, upon hiring, written notice of expected hours; gives employees right to request limited flexible work hours under certain circumstances; requires employers to make good faith effort to provide flex hours and mandates flex hours for specified emergency conditions.
Staff Contact: Frank Kerbein
The Business Council submitted written comments (here and here), and testified at a December 7 hearing, regarding two regulatory proposals by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Both informal draft rules were issued in October. One was a first time effort to adopt consolidated rules governing client and lobbyist registrations and reporting, the second proposed amendments to JCOPE’s existing “source of funding rules.” Our testimony focuses on provisions that exceed statutory authority (most notably, placing restrictions on the definition of “commission salesperson” and other exemptions, and proposals for expanded reporting, including reporting on “coalitions.” We also proposed several additional reforms to streamline reporting. JCOPE is expected to make a formal SAPA proposal in 2017. Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky
The Public Policy Institute is conducting a survey to gauge the STEM skills gap in New York. Click here to access the survey. Responses will help shape policy recommendations to the governor, Legislature and other key decision-makers. Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky