Issues: Labor

State Legislature OKs Savino-Sponsored Wage-Protection Bill

State Legislature OKs Savino-sponsored wage-protection bill Published: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 7:52 AM     Updated: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 7:59 AM Tom Wrobleski

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane Savino hailed Assembly passage yesterday of a bill she sponsored in the Senate, which she said would protect workers from "unscrupulous employers" who "steal" their earnings by paying less than minimum wage.

"Stealing from employees not only hurts families, it hurts communities," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn). "It also makes honest employers less competitive."

But Staten Island business leaders said the new measure could drive up costs for borough small businesses and consumers.

December 9, 2010

Assembly Passes Wage Boosts For Workers

Published: December 01, 2010 12:50 PMModified: December 01, 2010 2:13 PM Assembly passes wage boosts for workers

One bill quadruples penalties for employers who don't follow minimum wage and overtime laws; a second bill nearly triples the pay for certain building-service workers.

 By Daniel Massey

The Assembly overwhelmingly approved two measures Tuesday aimed at raising standards for low-wage workers across the state.

Some lawmakers argue that wage theft not only hurts workers, but makes it tougher for businesses that follow the law to remain competitive. The new law would also boost state tax revenues by about $50 million a year, advocates said.

December 9, 2010

Legislature Passes Forceful Protection Against Wage Theft

On Tuesday, November 30, 2010 the New York State Assembly gave final legislative approval to the Wage Theft Prevention Act (A11726/S8380), introduced by Assemblymember Carl Heastie and Senator Diane Savino. Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, a prime sponsor of the bill who had spoken in favor of immediate passage at an event organized by supporters on Monday, called the Assembly’s action “a major victory for justice and decency in the way we treat workers, especially low-wage workers, in New York.”

December 9, 2010

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

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


“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

Senator Addabbo's November Job Fair video

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

December 2, 2010

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


Groundbreaking legislation ensuring all workers receive fair pay


December 1, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

- Kenya Ajose: 914-948-6098 x. 10       email:

October 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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

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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