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For Release — November 13, 2017

Business Council statement on state DOL rulemaking

ALBANY, N.Y.—“The Business Council is reviewing this proposed rule with our affected members, and will submit comments and recommendations during the public review period. We appreciate that the rule reflects several concerns we raised during the Department’s public hearings, including the exemption of higher-earning employees and providing relief during emergency circumstances. To the extent this state rule pre-empts inconsistent local laws, it will simplify compliance efforts by employers. Even so, this represents another administrative and financial hurdle for New York employers that is not imposed in most other states. It will drive employers with part-time and/or lower-income employees to significantly modify their scheduling practices, at a time when they are also absorbing the costs of an increased minimum wage and dealing with the complexity of the new paid family leave act.”

- This statement is attributed to Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.