|SAME AS||SAME AS S02237|
|Add §207-b, Lab L|
|Relates to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel job protection.|
|01/20/2017||referred to labor|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A2484 SPONSOR: Skartados
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel job protection   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation would provide job protections to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill would forbid employers from terminating an employee who is a volunteer firefighter or ambulance worker responding to an emergency service call.   JUSTIFICATION: Emergency service personnel provide life saving care to people and prop- erty. In desperate situations when these volunteer workers are needed, these brave men and women should not lose their jobs because of their altruism.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.8990 of 2010 - referred to labor; A.9770 of 2012 - referred to labor. A.1798 - 01/09/13 referred to labor. 01/08/14 referred to labor. A339 of 2016   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2484 2017-2018 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 20, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. SKARTADOS, PALUMBO -- read once and referred to the Committee on Labor AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel job protection The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. The labor law is amended by adding a new section 207-b to 2 read as follows: 3 § 207-b. Volunteer firefighter and ambulance worker job protection. 1. 4 It shall be unlawful for any employer or his or her duly authorized 5 agent to discharge or in any other manner discriminate against an 6 employee as to his or her employment because he or she has responded to 7 an emergency when acting as a volunteer firefighter or volunteer ambu- 8 lance worker. 9 2. For purposes of this section: 10 (a) Volunteer firefighter shall have the same meaning as defined in 11 subdivision one of section three of the volunteer firefighters' benefit 12 law; and 13 (b) Volunteer ambulance worker shall have the same meaning as defined 14 in subdivision one of section three of the volunteer ambulance workers' 15 benefit law. 16 3. For the purposes of this section, "responding to an emergency" 17 shall mean: 18 (a) when a volunteer firefighter participates in necessary travel to, 19 working at, and necessary travel returning from a fire, alarm of fire, 20 hazardous material incident or other emergency to which his or her fire 21 department, fire company, any unit thereof, either has responded or 22 would be required or authorized to respond, including necessary travel 23 during such work or incidental thereto; or 24 (b) when a volunteer ambulance worker participates in necessary travel 25 to, working at, and necessary travel returning from an accident, alarm EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01547-01-7A. 2484 2 1 of accident, or other duty to which his or her ambulance department, 2 ambulance company, or any unit thereof, either has responded or would be 3 required or authorized to respond, including necessary travel during 4 such work or incidental thereto. 5 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.