BILL NO A07624
SAME AS SAME AS S05291
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
TITLE OF BILL: 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
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
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To Be Determined
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
May 20, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. BLAKE -- read once and referred to the Committee
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 S 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
12 TWENTY-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 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.