2006 LABOR/HUMAN RESOURCES LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM
Staff Contact: Frank Kerbein
Following is The Business Council's 2006 Legislative Program. It identifies priority issues to be addressed by the Committees and Councils during 2006.
- Oppose any government mandated employee benefits, especially
the use of Disability Insurance payments for paid leave or
paid time off.
- Support legislation which makes it easier for business
to offer dependent care program options.
- Support the implementation
of reasonable, objective medical guidelines, a maximum 500
week payment schedule for non-scheduled partial impairments for
workers' compensation cases and a reduction in the "Second injury fund" assessment
from 150% to 110%.
- Oppose the effort to prohibit different co-pays for mail order and non-mail order employee drug prescription programs.
- Support the doctrine of "employment at will" and oppose
any attempt to undermine an employer's right to employ and
- Support legislation which protects an employer's
ability to create a drug-free workplace and excludes current
drug and alcohol abuse from protection under the Human
- Support legislation which would provide limited liability to employers who provide good faith employment reference information.
- Support legislation which facilitates employer actions to eliminate sexual harassment and domestic violence and discourage additional mandates and remedies under the Human Rights and Labor Laws.
- Oppose the use of a"union only"workforce in public and
private projects and continue support of New York's competitive
- Oppose any attempts to limit an employer's right to operate during a labor dispute.
- Support the concept of "equal pay for equal work"and oppose
the doctrine of comparable worth in both the public and private
- Oppose the living wage concept.
- Support amendments to the Public Health Law allowing the
use of employee smoking rooms in the workplace.
- Support a civil mediation process to serve as a first resolution
effort prior to litigation and oppose any limitations to employer
or agency Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures.
amendments to the Industrial Homework Law that give employers
flexibility to allow workers the ability to work from home.
- Oppose legislation that mandates studies, policy development and training in workplace violence prevention.
- Support the continuing activities of the state and local Workforce Investment Boards.