Labor & HR Committee Update, December 15, 2014

Contact: Frank Kerbein

Emergency responders leave bill effective December 22nd

Beginning next week, private sector employers in New York State will be required to extend leave to voluntary firefighters and ambulance first responders during states of emergency declared by the Governor or the chief executive of a locality. The bill was signed by Governor Cuomo on September 23, 2014.

If an employee is a bona fide voluntary firefighter or ambulance first responder and a formal state of emergency is declared, the employee may request leave to perform their specific firefighting or first responder duties during the emergency. There is no requirement that the employer provide paid leave but the employee may use earned leave in order to be paid.

When the employee returns to work after the emergency, the employer may require from the employee a notarized statement certifying the absence.

The Emergency reponders bill may be viewed here.

2015 IRS mileage rates (hat tip to Business Council member Lake Associates)

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the IRS standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:

New Minimum Wage in New York State

On December 31, 2014, New York State's minimum wage will increase to $8.75 per hour from the current $8.00 per hour. The minimum weekly salary for executive and administrative exempt employees will increase to $656.25 from the current $600 per week. New posters will be available for printing and posting on 12/31/14 from this state Labor Department web page.

Business Council members with questions about these or other HR topics should call the HR Line at 800-332-2117 for more information.