Labor & HR Committee Update

April 2, 2014
Contact: Frank Kerbein

Paid Family Leave proposal not in budget

The new 2014-15 state budget does not include the paid family leave proposal advanced last month by the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference. The proposal was based on a bill introduced by IDC member Senator Diane Savino, S.6741. The bill remains active and is currently in the Senate Labor Committee, a committee chaired by Senator Savino. We can expect efforts to move the bill out of committee for a floor vote during the last half of the legislative session.  The Business Council remains opposed to this sweeping legislation. Business Council members are urged to communicate their opposition to paid family leave to their state Senators and Assembly Members.

I previously reported that our state Assembly passed its version of paid family leave, A.1793-B. I’ve recently posted video of the March 5th floor debate on the bill. It is a revealing look into the philosophy and motives of the bill sponsors. Take a look  here. It will be worth your time.

Workplace Flexibility: A National Challenge for Business

On the national front, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), World of Work and other associations interested in advancing voluntary workplace flexibility have issued short briefing papers on employer perspectives on flexibility with an hourly workforce and a second one on the manufacturing sector. These short papers are available here and can provide you some perspective on how workplace flexibility is being approached by other employers.

New York City Sick Day Mandate

The new five sick day mandate on private sector employers with employees located in the five boroughs of New York City became effective on April 1, 2014. Business Council members with questions about the new mandate should call the HR Line at 800-332-2117.

Best Companies to Work for in New York State

The New York Society for Human Resource Management (NYS-SHRM) has announced the 60 winners of the 2014 Best Companies to Work for in New York State awards. The winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony and dinner next month on May 6th in Albany.

Created in 2007, these celebrated annual awards are part of a distinctive program that evaluates and ranks the best places of employment in New York State. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in New York, whose practices benefit the State's businesses, economy, and workforce.

Among the 2014 winners are Business Council member companies:

The 2014 Best Companies to Work for in New York State awards are presented by two major sponsors: Business Council members Jackson Lewis, LLP and Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan (CDPHP), as well as six supporting sponsors: Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.; Acorda Therapeutics; Anchin, Block and Anchin LLP; DigitasLBi; MBMS, Inc. and WellnessRebates LLC.

The program is a partnership of NYS-SHRM, The Business Council of New York State, Inc., Best Companies Group and Journal Multimedia Corporation.

For more information on the award dinner, please visit here.

For more information on the 2015 program, please visit www.BestCompaniesNY.com.