Issues: Labor

NY Wage Protection Bill Approved By Legislature

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Assembly has given final legislative approval to a measure that toughens penalties on bosses who illegally withhold workers' pay.Sen. Diane Savino, sponsor of the bill, says Gov. David Paterson is expected to sign it.

One survey estimates New York City employers shortchange their low-wage workers by almost $1 billion a year.

—Copyright 2010 Associated Press

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December 9, 2010
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Lucha por sueldo en Albany

El Diario

Por Annie Correal

30 de noviembre

Nueva York — Durante un año, un hispano de 62 años trabajó varias semanas sin pago de horas extra, en un cementerio para veteranos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, en Brooklyn. Vicente, quien no quiso revelar su apellido, debido a su estatus inmigratorio, compartió su historia con legisladores en Albany ayer y en una entrevista con El Diario La Prensa.

"Muchas veces yo trabajé sábado, domingo, toda la semana seguida", dijo Vicente, de origen mexicano, quien removía pasto, sembraba y regaba el pasto en el cementerio Cypress Hills Veterans’ Cemetery. Cuando él se quejó este año, su empleador, Veteran’s of the Land, Inc., lo despidió, y ahora él está luchando en la corte por sus sueldos perdidos.

December 9, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR DIANE J. SAVINO ON THE NYC OTB REORGANIZATION LEGISLATION

“I am deeply disappointed in today’s refusal, on the part of certain members of the State Senate, to put decency and common sense before playing politics.  “In saying ‘no’ to saving the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, they said no to the more than 1,000 workers who are now left jobless, smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. They said no to millions of dollars worth of revenue that the entire state benefits from.  They said no to the thousands of other jobs and industries—throughout the state—that are created and fueled by the New York City OTB.   “Instead they voted yes to partisanship and political grandstanding, and the unfortunate victims are taxpayers and the hundreds of workers who are now unemployed.” 

December 7, 2010
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Senator Addabbo's November Job Fair video

Over 3800 job seekers attended Senator Addabbo's Job Fair at Aqueduct Racetrack.

December 2, 2010
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Senator Parker leads Senate in passing Groundbreaking Fair Pay Act

Albany, NY) Yesterday, the State Assembly followed the Senate in passing the Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA). This historic legislation will protect thousands of hard-working men and women from unscrupulous employers who steal their earnings by paying less than minimum wage, misclassifying them as independent contractors, or by forcing them to work off the clock, among other underhanded schemes.

December 1, 2010
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LEGISLATURE PASSES HISTORIC WAGE THEFT PROTECTION ACT

Groundbreaking legislation ensuring all workers receive fair pay

 

December 1, 2010
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Legislature Passes Historic Wage Theft Protection Act

The Wage Theft Prevention Act (S8380/Savino - A11726/Heastie), has now passed both houses protecting thousands of hard-working men and women from unscrupulous employers who steal their earnings by paying less than minimum wage, misclassifying them as independent contractors, forcing them to work off the clock and various other schemes. This important legislation will increase penalties and strengthen enforcement of laws protecting workers from nonpayment and underpayment of wages.  

November 30, 2010
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Commonly Accessed Applications

Are you having difficulty finding documents from the Department of Labor website?  We have compiled links to commonly used applications:

Unemployment Insurance

November 23, 2010
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Career preparation resources

Selecting a Professional Career The Department of Labor has established One-Stop Career Centers for you to receive free services and resources on finding a job. So, complete your Registration Form  and visit your Local One-Stop Career Center Today ! After you do so, please share your experience with us by completing our on-line survey.   We recommend the following web resources if you need help:

November 23, 2010
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Job Fair - November 12th

Senator Addabbo discussing the current state of the economy with job seekers at his job fair at Aqueduct Racetrack.

November 15, 2010
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer named AIANYS Legislator of the Year

The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has named Senator Suzi Oppenheimer as its “2010 Legislator of the Year”. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing the legislative priorities of AIANYS. Senator Oppenheimer is receiving the award for her sponsorship of the Smart Growth Initiative, which was recently signed into law.

October 19, 2010
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Environmental Groups, Community Advocates and Elected Officials Herald Enactment of New Smart Growth Law

Leading environmental advocates, elected officials and community groups joined together to celebrate enactment of the Smart Growth Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B). On August 30, 2010, Governor Paterson signed this important legislation into law, which establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

The law requires the relevant state agencies to form smart growth advisory committees that will consult with residents, environmental groups, local officials and other stakeholders before approving state construction projects.

October 19, 2010
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With Unemployment Stubbornly High, Staten Island Job Fair Draws A Crowd

Published: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 7:46 AM     Updated: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 7:47 AM

By Maura Yates , Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --  Derrick Hinton finished a year’s worth of school to become a certified medical assistant and has volunteered with cancer patients at a Brooklyn hospital.

Last year, some 15-18 percent of the 1,200 job-seekers received offers, said John Mastellone of the Labor Department. Yesterday’s event was a meet-and-greet, where applicants could drop off résumés and hope for a callback for a proper interview.

October 8, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: ** Going Green is Good Business **

New York State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. cordially invite you to a Small Business & Economic Development Forum. 

** Going Green is Good Business ** 

For More Information, Please Contact:

- Debra Lagapa: 914-934-5250              email: lapaga@nysenate.gov

- Kenya Ajose: 914-948-6098 x. 10       email: kajose@westchester.org

October 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Assembly to vote on extending rights to domestic workers

by Audrey Arthur, staff writerSeptember 21, 2010 5:32 PM       Domestic workers in California may be next in the long line of employees waiting to be included in protective labor laws. The California Senate passed the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights on Aug. 23. and it will soon be reviewed by the California State Assembly and the next governor.

The upcoming bill, which is scheduled to appear before the next legislator in 2011, will include such rights as equal overtime pay, equal right to worker's compensation and the right to five hours uninterrupted sleep in adequate conditions.

September 23, 2010
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Senator Craig Johnson Announces Long Island Job Fair

Senator Craig Johnson announces a Long Island Job Fair to take place on Friday October 8, 2010 at Nassau Community College.

September 19, 2010
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Labor Day Celebrations

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a celebration recognizing the social and economic achievements of American workers. Labor Day is a annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well being of our Country and our State. Now that Labor Day has passed, I would like to share with you some of the recent achievements that have been made to both expand and protect our workforce.

September 8, 2010
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Labor Day Parade 2010

On Monday, September 6th, Senator Robach was proud to once again walk in this year's Labor Day Parade with a large number of supporters from our community.

September 8, 2010
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Household help

Published: Saturday, September 04, 2010, 7:57 AM  Staten Island Advance Editorial They have been excluded for decades from protection under virtually all of America’s labor laws. Now the rights of household workers are being guaranteed in our state, the first in the nation to establish basic rules for their employment.

 In a historic step, Gov. Paterson has signed into law job benefits for domestic employees, including nannies, housekeepers and companions to the sick and elderly.

Ms. Savino is optimistic, of course.

“With the signing of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights,” she says, “we will dramatically improve the lives of those who care for our children, our seniors and our homes, those who make all other work possible.”

September 7, 2010
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Tips For Selecting Quality Day Care

Quality child care can assist parents in building their children’s self esteem, teach them how to get along with others and encourage them to explore the world around them.  Quality programs also provide a warm, nurturing environment where children feel secure and comfortable.  Some excellent programs have only a few children and are run from the provider’s home.  Other fine programs have many children and are located in large centers.  Finding the right program for you and your child may be hard work, but it’s worth the effort.

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Printable Davcare Checklist

September 2, 2010
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