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April 1, 2016 Labor /Human Resources Committee Update

Contact: Frank Kerbein

Minimum Wage

After much debate, the Legislature adopted a new minimum wage for New York State that includes different scheduled increases for different parts of the state.  The schedule is as follows:

For New York City, large employers (defined as employers of eleven or more):

For New York City, small employers (defined as employers of ten or less):

For the downstate counties of Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester

For the remainder of the State (Outside of the city of New York and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester):

In addition, the wage for an employee who is a food service worker receiving tips shall  be a cash  wage of at least two-thirds of the minimum wage rates in effect for each region.

As part of this agreement, the Governor is precluded from using wage board authority to implement a higher minimum wage than provided for in this implementation schedule; the agreement also authorized the Department of Labor to modify the fast food wage order to conform with this minimum wage schedule.

Paid Family Leave

New York State has adopted the most expansive paid family leave policy of any state.  Amending Section 200 of the state’s worker’s compensation/disability law, effective January 2018, employees will be eligible for paid time off to care for the birth or adoption of a child, serious health condition of a family member, or a qualified military exigency as interpreted under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  Key provisions of the act include:

Despite promises that there would be no cost to employers, the budget allowed for the transfer of $10 million from money already paid by employers, specifically assessed for the purpose of running the Workers’ Comp Board, to the paid family leave program.

Upcoming Webinar – Sex Discrimination

Thursday, April 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by: Frank Kerbein, Director of the Center for Human Resources
The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Perhaps no state has been more active in the area of sex/gender discrimination than New York. We’ll talk about the recently enacted “equity agenda,” pay equity, gender identity, pregnancy protections, and more.

This webinar is available at no charge for Business Council members, and $49 for non-members.

Information and on-line registration for this and future labor/HR webinars is available here