A07624 Summary:

BILL NO    A07624 

SAME AS    
SAME AS S05291

SPONSOR    Blake

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Add S12-a, Lab L

Directs the department of labor to post on its internet website and annually
update, the names of employers who employ 50 or more employees who receive
public assistance.
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A07624 Actions:

BILL NO    A07624 

05/20/2015 referred to labor
01/06/2016 referred to labor
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A07624 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A07624 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A7624
 
SPONSOR: Blake
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to requir- ing the department of labor to publish the names of employers which employ 50 or more employees who receive public assistance   PURPOSE: Establishes disclosure requirements for certain employers whose workforce receives public assistance.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the Labor Law to include a new section 12a, which mandates the publication of employers with employees receiving certain forms of public assistance. The department shall on its internet website post and annually update the names of employers which employ one hundred or more employees who work not less than twenty six weeks a year and not less than ten hours a week and who receive public assistance. Section 2 determines the date the law shall take effect.   JUSTIFICATION: An April 2015 report, published by the University of California/Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education, analyzed state spending for Medicaid/Children's Health Insurance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and federal spending for those programs as well as food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit. It found that the American taxpayer in general, and the New York State taxpayer in particular, are subsidizing companies that pay low wages to its employees to an alarming degree. Quoting from the Report: "Overall, we find that between 2009 and 2011 the federal government spent $127.8 billion per year on these four programs for working families and the states collectively spent $25 billion per year on Medicaid/CH1P and TANF for working families for a total of $152.8 billion per year. In all, more than half ---- 56 percent ----of combined state and federal spending on public assistance goes to working families." Further, 52 percent of the all state spending supported working families, defined as working for 26 weeks a year and 10 hours a week. UC Berkeley concluded that in New York $3.3 billion of public assistance went to working families. It is clear that the New York taxpayer is thus subsidizing people who work because their employers do not pay a living wage. New York taxpayer have a fundamental right to know where their tax dollars are spent, and for what reason. While the struggle to increase wages in New York State continues, this bill would add much-needed transparency to how our taxes are spent. It mandates that the Department of Labor will disclose on its website the name of any employer in the state that has 50 or more employees on any of these types of public assistance.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To Be Determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A07624 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          7624
 
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      May 20, 2015
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. BLAKE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Labor
 
        AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to requiring  the  department
          of  labor  to  publish  the names of employers which employ 50 or more
          employees who receive public assistance
 
          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 12-a to
     2  read as follows:
     3    § 12-a. Publication  of  employers  with  employees  receiving  public
     4  assistance.  1.  The department shall, on its internet website, post and
     5  annually update the names  of  employers  which  employ  fifty  or  more
     6  employees  who  work  not less than twenty-six weeks a year and not less
     7  than ten hours a week, and who receive public assistance.
     8    2. For the purposes of this section "public assistance" includes:
     9    a. medical assistance pursuant to title eleven of article five of  the
    10  social services law;
    11    b.  child  health insurance pursuant to title one-A of article twenty-
    12  five of the public health law;
    13    c. assistance funded by the federal  temporary  assistance  for  needy
    14  families block grant program;
    15    d. the earned income personal income tax credit pursuant to subsection
    16  (d) or (d-1) of section six hundred six of the tax law; or
    17    e.  supplemental  nutrition  assistance  program  benefits pursuant to
    18  section ninety-five of the social services law.
    19    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD10501-04-5
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