Labor & HR Committee Update
July 25, 2017

Staff Contact: Frank Kerbein

Labor & HR Committee Update

Hello Everyone:
Below you will find information regarding new developments in human resource management. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like any additional information or if you would like to discuss potential impacts and compliance strategies. I can be reached on the HR Line (800)332-2117 or at frank.kerbein@bcnys.org.

Paid Family Leave Update

On Wednesday, July 19th the Workers’ Compensation Board issued a Notice of Adoption of the final rules relating to the administration of New York’s comprehensive Paid Family Leave law (PFL). While substantively the same as the revised proposed rules, there were a couple of clarifications related to out-of-state employees, what is considered time worked for the purposes of eligibility, and calculating an employee’s average daily rate of pay for intermittent leave. here. As of this date, the WCB has yet to release the PFL forms, required poster or employee notification language.

Now that the final rules have been released, employers should begin the process of reviewing and revising paid time off, leave, and call-in policies to ensure effective coordination with the new law.  The Business Council will be developing sample policies, employee communications, and best practices for employers. For more information, contact Frank Kerbein, Director-Center for Human Resources at frank.kerbein@bcnys.org or at (800) 332-2117.

For the most up-to-date information and to have your questions answered directly by the Workers’ Compensation Board, be sure to register for our upcoming webinar.

Next Webinar


PFL: Your Questions; Our Answers - Please join us for a special bonus webinar where we will take YOUR questions live. Registrants who have enabled their video and audio will be able to speak directly to our HR expert, Frank Kerbein. Heather McMaster, Deputy General Counsel from the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board will also be available to answer your questions live!
Frank Kerbein, Director of the Center for Human Resources
The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

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

New Form I-9 (Again!)

The newest version of the Form I-9 was published by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) July 17. The form, used to verify employment eligibility, will be mandatory beginning Sept. 18.

Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 through Sept. 17. On Sept. 18, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17. Current storage and retention rules have not changed.  Please contact me for more information.