2003 LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM
LABOR AND HUMAN RESOURCES
Following is The Business Council's 2003 Legislative Program. It identifies priority issues to be addressed by the Committees and Councils during 2003.
government mandated employee benefits, especially the use of Disability
Insurance payments or Unemployment Insurance benefits for paid leave
or paid time off.
legislation which makes it easier for business to offer dependent care
- Support the implementation of reasonable, objective medical guidelines and a maximum 500 week payment schedule for non-scheduled partial impairments for workers' compensation cases.
the doctrine of "employment at will" and oppose any attempt to undermine
an employer's right to employ and terminate employment.
legislation which protects an employer's ability to create a drug-free
workplace and excludes current drug and alcohol abuse from protection
under the Human Rights Law.
- Support legislation which would provide limited liability to employers who provide good faith employment reference information.
- Support legislation which facilitates employer actions to eliminate sexual harassment and domestic violence and discourage additional mandates and remedies under the Human Rights and Labor Laws.
the use of a "union only" workforce in public and private projects and
continue support of New York's competitive bidding laws.
- Oppose any attempts to limit an employer's right to operate during a labor dispute.
- Support the concept of "equal pay for equal work" and oppose the doctrine of comparable worth in both the public and private sectors.
- Oppose living wage proposals.
a civil mediation process to serve as a first resolution effort prior
to litigation and oppose any limitations to employer or agency Alternative
Dispute Resolution procedures.
amendments to the Industrial Homework Law that give employers flexibility
to allow workers the ability to work from home.
- Oppose legislation that mandates studies, policy development and training in workplace violence prevention.
with the state Labor Department and Human Rights Division on the rulemaking
for the new "Use of State Funds" and "Religious Accommodation" laws.
- Support the continuing activities of the state and local Workforce Investment Boards.