Issues: Labor

MAJORITY PASSES HISTORIC WAGE THEFT PROTECTION ACT

(Albany, NY) Groundbreaking legislation ensuring all workers receive fair pay has been passed by the New York State Senate Majority. The legislation (S8380), sponsored by Senator Diane J. Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), will enforce tough penalties for employers who fail to meet minimum wage requirements, protecting thousands of hard working men and women across New York State. Every day countless workers across the state face rampant abuse on the job.

July 2, 2010
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Majority Passes Historic Wage Theft Protection Act

Groundbreaking legislation ensuring all workers receive fair pay has been passed by the New York State Senate Majority. The legislation (S8380), sponsored by Senator Diane J. Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), will enforce tough penalties for employers who fail to meet minimum wage requirements, protecting thousands of hard working men and women across New York State. 

July 2, 2010
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Senator Diane J. Savino's Comments on the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

"Today the New York State Legislature passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, making New York a leader again in worker protections. Domestic Workers, who have fought for years for dignity and respect in the workplace, are trailblazers and you will soon see states across the country follow suit," said Senator Diane J. Savino.

July 1, 2010
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Legislation to Crack Down on Employee Misclassification in the Construction Industry Approved by New York State Senate and Assembly

NEWS FROMState Senator George OnoratoChairman, New York State SenateStanding Committee on Labor

FOR RELEASE:  June 30, 2010CONTACT:  Janet K. Kash  (518)455-3486  kash@senate.state.ny.us

LEGISLATION TO CRACK DOWN ON EMPLOYEE MISCLASSIFICATIONIN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRYAPPROVED BY NEW YORK STATE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

July 1, 2010
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Senate and Assembly Pass Historic Bill To Protect Domestic Workers

The New York Legislature passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, S2311E (Savino) / A1470B (Wright), making New York the first state in the nation to provide new standards of worker protections for more than 200,000 employees in an industry which has gone unregulated for decades. 

July 1, 2010
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Nannies, Domestic Workers Score Win with Albany: Can Get Overtime, Labor Protections

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Tuesday, June 29th 2010, 2:31 AM

ALBANY - State leaders cut a deal Monday to give nannies and other domestic workers overtime pay and new labor protections, the Daily News has learned.

"This is a tremendous victory for a group of workers who historically and systematically have been denied basic labor rights," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-S.I.), a sponsor of the plan.

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June 30, 2010
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Legislation To Crackdown On Employee Misclassification In The Construction Industry Approved By The Senate And Assembly

Measure Seeks to Stop Employer Practice that Drives Tens of Millionsof Tax Dollars into New York’s Underground Economy Each Year;Next Stop is Governor’s Desk for Approval

June 30, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

Protects our children’s education.
Provides much-needed property tax relief.
Makes the smart spending cuts to give New Yorkers a government they can afford.
Maintains the state’s investment in the Tuition Assistance Program which helps tens of thousands of students succeed in college annually.
Ensures support for unemployed New Yorkers who are seeking work as a result of the national economic downturn.
Delivers the services and programs most important to the health and well being of our seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.

 

June 28, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

June 28, 2010
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Senate And Assembly Introduce Joint Budget Legislation To Keep Government Working

The Senate and Assembly have reached joint agreement on budget bills that will guarantee the preservation of essential services, and continue to close down the state’s budget deficit. These bills include the remaining fields of the budget:

June 26, 2010
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Joins Senate Majority Conference to Pass Job Creation Package to Put New Yorkers Back to Work

 

NYS Senator Eric Adams joined his colleagues in the Senate to enact a 10-point plan that creates jobs, nurtures small businesses, and attracts new investments

 NYS Senator Eric Adams states: “Job creation and economic revitalization are top legislative priorities of the Senate Majority Conference. We have now passed a comprehensive jobs package of 10 bills that will put New Yorkers back to work, create new jobs, and spur economic growth for businesses across the state. The Majority’s “jobs plan” will:

June 24, 2010
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New Bill Would Help Freelancers Fight Deadbeat Companies

Freelancers can face difficulties with one of the most rewarding aspects of their work: getting paid. Now new legislation under consideration in Albany would grant independent contractors in New York protections against companies that don’t pay up for completed work.

June 24, 2010
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Senate Passes Energy Efficiency Plan to Lower Costs for Homeowners & Businesses

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed a legislative package that will significantly reduce the costs of energy for homeowners and businesses statewide, putting money back into the pockets of families and making businesses more competitive. Not only is the adoption of energy efficiency programs beneficial economically but such programs help the State to achieve its environmental goals by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other harmful pollutants, improving quality of life throughout the state. 

June 23, 2010
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Putting New York Back to Work: Senate Majority Passes Job Creation Package

10-point plan Creates Jobs, Grows Small Businesses & Attracts New Investments

The Senate Democratic Majority passed a comprehensive jobs package of 10 bills that will put New Yorkers back to work, create new jobs and spur economic growth for businesses across the state. The Majority’s jobs plan, which comes immediately after the Senate Majority passed Energizing New York, a permanent program to replace Power for Jobs, will:

June 23, 2010
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Senator Savino Ensures Child Care Providers Have Right to Organize

(Albany, NY)The Senate Majority passed, yesterday, legislation, introduced by Senator Diane J.

June 18, 2010
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Senate Saves Ogdensburg And Moriah Shock Correctional Facilities

Facilities are Major Employers for Region

The Senate announced today they have secured an agreement with the Assembly and Governor which provides for the full and continued operation of Ogdensburg Correctional Facility and Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility. Together, the Ogdensburg and Moriah Shock facilities support nearly 400 North Country jobs.

June 18, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 17, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation Protecting Communities From Pollution And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation today to cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of sulfur in our current heating practices. Additionally, the Senate stood by survivors of domestic violence by increasing the time they have in shelters as they seek permanent refuge from their attackers.

Reducing Sulfur to Promote Environmentally Friendly Heating

June 17, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 17, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation Protecting Communities From Pollution And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation today to cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of sulfur in our current heating practices. Additionally, the Senate stood by survivors of domestic violence by increasing the time they have in shelters as they seek permanent refuge from their attackers.

June 17, 2010
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STACHOWSKI BILL TO MOVE BACKLOG OF PREVAILING WAGE CASES PASSES SENATE: Measure Supports Workers Who Are Entitled To Fair Pay

      Senator William T. Stachowski (D, Lake View) today announced the Senate has passed legislation (S.5014) he sponsored to establish a time schedule for prevailing wage violation claims.

June 16, 2010
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