senate Bill S2246

Requires farm workers and domestic workers to be given at least 24 hours of consecutive rest

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 13 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO LABOR
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO LABOR

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A611
Versions:
S2246
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Labor
Law Section:
Labor Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S2246

TITLE OF BILL :

An act to amend the labor law, in relation to allowing farm workers
and domestic workers one day of rest each week

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :

To allow farm workers and domestic workers to have one day of rest a
week like other employees in New York State.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :

Section 1 amends labor law section 161 to allow farm workers and
domestic workers 24 hours of rest in each calendar week.

Section 2 amends labor law section 161 (2) to make conforming changes
for farm workers.

Section 3 adds new sections to the labor law to allow farm workers and
domestic workers who voluntarily refuse 24 hours of rest to be
compensated at a rate of at least one and a half times the worker's
normal wage rate.

JUSTIFICATION :

The day of rest provision was enacted to protect the health of the
State's workforce. Although a business can increase its output with an
additional day of labor, the Legislature has determined that this
interest must give way to the interest of ensuring that the workforce
is healthy.

Farm work and domestic work are labor intensive, far in excess of many
other occupations. The rationale for granting a day off applies as
much, if not more, to farm workers and domestic workers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

2007-2008: A.2717 Referred to Labor
2005-2006: A.2855 Referred to Labor
2003-2004: A.9873 Advanced to 3rd reading

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :

None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
Immediately.
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