BILL NO A07624
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
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A7624
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
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.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
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 § 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.