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Labor & HR Committee Update
March 12, 2012

Staff Contact: Frank Kerbein

Wage Theft Prevention Act

Progress continues on the repeal of the annual wage theft prevention act notice, A8856/S6063. On February 29th, the state Senate passed S6063-A by a vote of 34 to 24. During the month, meetings continued with members of the Assembly, especially those on the Assembly Labor Committee. A8856 must be reported out of the Assembly Labor Committee before the full Assembly can vote on it. In addition, meetings with the Governor’s staff are also proceeding. The Business Council’s e-advocacy campaign for the repeal has resulted in 1,263 individuals sending 11,267 individual email messages to Legislators and legislative leaders. Here is The Business Council’s memo in support of the repeal.

Minimum Wage

Shortly after the Assembly bill (A9148) was introduced on January 30th, Senator Jeff Klein introduced the identical bill in the Senate, S6413, on February 6th. The bill would raise the state’s minimum wage from the current $7.25/hr. to $8.50/hr, a 17.2% increase, on January 1, 2013 and automatically index it to inflation each year thereafter. In addition to announcing its opposition to the bill, The Business Council issued a formal opposition memo on February 6th.

National Labor Relations Board Poster

On March 2, 2012, the Associated Press reported that “…A federal judge ruled Friday that the National Labor Relations Board can require most private businesses to put up posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union.

But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson limited how the board can enforce the requirement. She said simply failing to display the new NLRB poster isn't automatically a legal violation without other evidence of anti-union conduct.”

On March 5th, The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) filed notices of appeal against the judge's decision.

Here are poster FAQs from the NLRB website.

Here’s a link to the poster in English and 23 foreign languages.

Employers are required to post the poster by April 30, 2012.

See if You can Take Advantage of the NY Youth Works Tax Credit Program

The credit is a state tax credit that can be applied to the business franchise tax (or for individuals who file as businesses, their NYS tax obligation). The credit is $500/month for six months for full time employment (35 hrs. or more), with an additional $1,000 if they retain the employee for a full year. There also is a credit for part-time employment (at least 20 hours) – it’s half the credit amount for full time. There is no limit to the number of individuals that a business could hire to receive the tax credit.

The program focuses on placing youth (16-24) who reside in cities with populations of 62,000 or more in positions at businesses that are within reasonable commuting distance to those areas. 
  
Businesses must apply for certification by June 1, 2012.

To apply online click on the link below:

https://labor.ny.gov/secure/workforce/youth-tax-credit/business.asp

For more general information about the program click on the link below:

http://www.labor.ny.gov/careerservices/youth-tax-credit.shtm