|SAME AS||No Same As|
|Add §44, Lab L|
|Relates to the establishment of a wage data clearinghouse to assist in the effective collection, organization, management, aggregation or disaggregation and analysis of available wage, employment and education released data and the examination of student progress and outcomes over time, including preparation for postsecondary education and the workforce, and to help identify on statewide and regional bases needed skills and promising career pathways.|
|04/28/2016||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: A9933 SPONSOR: Bronson
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to the establishment of a wage data clearinghouse   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Require the State Department of Labor (DOL) to issue an REP to form a partnership with an academic institution with proven ,experience in analyzing labor market data to establish a research center to serve as the State's clearinghouse for wage data. The clearinghouse would be required to issue reports evaluating workforce preparation, worker training and selected education programs, and to provide data on work- force trends. This would allow the state to benefit from the expertise of academics in conducting important research while keeping the data protected.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Labor Law - § 44 wage data clearinghouse. Section 1. DOL shall shall establish a wage data clearinghouse in consultation with the commissioner of education and the state workforce investment board. Section 2. The wage data clearinghouse shall be administered by an academic institution in New York state with proven experience in analyz- ing labor data. Section 3. The department shall provide the wage data clearinghouse with all state and federal wage and employment related data it has available. Section 4. The commissioner shall establish an advisory board. Section 5. The wage data clearinghouse shall provide analyses of: statewide and regional trends in employment and emerging industries; the skills, certifications and degrees needed for existing and forecasted job openings; the success of adult education and workforce preparation programs; and other information. Section 6. All state and local agencies shall cooperate with the clear- inghouse. Section 7. The advisory board will consult with DOL, the commissioner of education and the state workforce investment board. Section 8. The clearinghouse shall release reports and aggregated data to the department, which shall be made available online. Section 9. DOL shall issue an evaluation of this data clearinghouse within one year, and every four years thereafter.   EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: Create new section 44 of Labor Law.   JUSTIFICATION: The state spends billions of state and federal dollars each year on educating and training future workers through the PK-12 system, public colleges and universities, workforce development and preparation programs, and adult literacy classes. Yet policymakers and the public have little idea which programs are effective and actually help partic- ipants get on career paths that lead to living wage employment. Since enactment of a state law in 2013, colleges and public workforce programs have had access to the earnings and employment information of people who completed their programs. While most large institutions do have the capacity to meet the state's exacting standards for using the information safely and effectively, smaller workforce preparation programs which might benefit from information do not have the technolog- ical capacity and analytical expertise to use the data. Most other states are using wage data, often in combination with education data to assess education and workforce programs. Examples of Data Aggregation: *Colleges and universities can now look at earnings of graduates, see not only whether students got a job after graduation but whether they stayed in a job and were able to move into higher paying positions. *Individuals and policymakers can identify which educational and work- force development programs are producing the best outcomes for partic- ipants. *This data will help the state and localities identify how many people are trained in specific skills, where they are, whether they are out of work or are looking for similarly skilled jobs, how many went through such skill programs, are grads of programs and are successful in train- ing more.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Subject to available appropriations.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 9933 IN ASSEMBLY April 28, 2016 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. BRONSON -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Labor AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to the establishment of a wage data clearinghouse 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 44 to read 2 as follows: 3 § 44. Wage data clearinghouse. 1. The department, subject to available 4 appropriations and in consultation with the commissioner of education 5 and the state workforce investment board, shall establish a wage data 6 clearinghouse. For a period of five years, the wage data clearinghouse 7 shall assist the department, policy makers, workforce preparation 8 providers, institutions of higher education and research institutions 9 with the effective collection, organization, management, aggregation or 10 disaggregation and analysis of available wage, employment and education 11 related data, and shall examine student progress and outcomes over time, 12 including preparation for postsecondary education and the workforce, and 13 to help identify on statewide and regional bases needed skills and prom- 14 ising career pathways. 15 2. The wage data clearinghouse shall be administered by an academic 16 institution in the state of New York with proven experience in analyzing 17 labor data and shall be selected by the department, in consultation with 18 the commissioner of education and the state workforce investment board, 19 through a request for proposal process. Criteria shall include, but not 20 be limited to, the demonstrated ability of the chosen institution to 21 leverage and attract federal funds, and other non-governmental funds. 22 3. The department shall provide the wage data clearinghouse with all 23 state and federal wage and employment related data it has available, 24 including but not limited to wage record data, quarterly census of 25 employment and wages data and unemployment insurance data. All disclo- 26 sure requirements specified in section five hundred thirty-seven of this 27 chapter shall apply all clearinghouse employees working with the data. EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14992-01-6A. 9933 2 1 4. The commissioner shall establish an advisory board, in consultation 2 with the clearinghouse, the commissioner of education and the state 3 workforce investment board. The advisory board shall include one or more 4 members appointed by the commissioner and representatives of higher 5 education, workforce preparation programs, large and small businesses, 6 labor organizations, and other appointees with expertise in workforce 7 development the department deems appropriate. Consideration shall be 8 given to geographic representation of appointees. 9 5. The wage data clearinghouse shall use data provided by the depart- 10 ment and by any other state, federal or local agencies it deems neces- 11 sary, to provide analyses of, including but not limited to, statewide 12 and regional trends in employment, emerging industries, the skills, 13 certifications and degrees needed for existing and forecasted job 14 openings, success of adult education and workforce preparation programs, 15 and other information the department and the advisory board determine 16 will help close a middle skills gap and help more youth and adults 17 connect with promising career pathways. 18 6. The clearinghouse shall be granted the full cooperation and collab- 19 oration of state and local agencies in the collection, analysis and 20 dissemination of data and information. 21 7. The advisory board of the clearinghouse will consult with the 22 department, and with the commissioner of education and the state work- 23 force investment board, to determine the clearinghouse's priorities in 24 data analysis. 25 8. The clearinghouse shall release reports and aggregated data to the 26 department, which shall share such information on the department's 27 website, as well as on a clearinghouse website if they have such a 28 website. 29 9. On or before the first of January, two thousand eighteen, the 30 department shall submit to the director of the budget, the chair of the 31 senate finance committee and the chair of the assembly ways and means 32 committee and the chairs of senate and assembly the labor committees an 33 evaluation of this program prepared by an entity independent of the 34 department. Such evaluation shall be submitted every four years there- 35 after. 36 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.