senate Bill S1251

Enacts the "public authorities teleworking expansion act"

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS

Summary

Enacts the "public authorities teleworking expansion act"; provides that each public authority with twenty-five or more employees shall establish a policy and program to allow employees to perform all or a portion of their duties through teleworking to the maximum extent possible without diminished employee performance; defines the term "telework" to mean to perform normal and regular work functions at home that ordinarily would be performed at the authority's location or facility, thereby eliminating or substantially reducing the physical commute to and from such authority's principal location; requires that prior to establishing a teleworking program, each authority shall determine whether or not such program is cost effective; further provides that each participating authority shall then define who is eligible to participate in such program, including but limited to the certain conditions and criteria.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3517
Versions:
S1251
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Corporations, Authorities And Commissions
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง2854, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1381, A206
2009-2010: S5790A, A2000B

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BILL NUMBER:S1251

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation
to enacting the "public authorities teleworking expansion act"

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To increase teleworking by employees of public authorities and thereby
reduce commuting by authority employees.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The public authorities law is amended by the addition of section 2854 to
require all authorities with twenty five or more employees to establish
a policy and program to allow employees to perform some or all of their
duties through telework and designate a telework coordinator to oversee
teleworking programs.

JUSTIFICATION:
Concerns about the impact of pollution and congestion created by automo-
bile traffic requires that the public sector work to reduce, as much as
is practical, the need for employees to travel as part of their official
duties.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: Referred to Corporations, Authorities & Commissions
2010: Referred to Corporations, Authorities & Commissions

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have
become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1251

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. PERKINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations,  Authorities
  and Commissions

AN  ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to enacting the
  "public authorities teleworking expansion act"

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Short title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "public authorities teleworking expansion act".
  S 2. The public authorities law is amended by  adding  a  new  section
2854 to read as follows:
  S  2854.  TELEWORKING PROGRAMS. 1. EVERY AUTHORITY WITH TWENTY-FIVE OR
MORE EMPLOYEES SHALL ESTABLISH  A  POLICY  AND  PROGRAM  TO  ALLOW  SUCH
EMPLOYEES  TO PERFORM ALL OR A PORTION OF THEIR DUTIES THROUGH TELEWORK-
ING TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE WITHOUT DIMINISHED EMPLOYEE  PERFORM-
ANCE,  PROVIDED  THAT  ANY  PUBLIC  AUTHORITY WITH A UNIONIZED WORKFORCE
SHALL ENGAGE IN COLLECTIVE  BARGAINING  PRIOR  TO  ESTABLISHING  SUCH  A
PROGRAM  FOR  ITS  UNIONIZED EMPLOYEES. EACH AUTHORITY SHALL DESIGNATE A
"TELEWORK COORDINATOR" TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSEEING THE  IMPLEMENTA-
TION OF TELEWORKING PROGRAMS.
  2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM "TELEWORK" SHALL MEAN TO
PERFORM  NORMAL  AND  REGULAR  WORK  FUNCTIONS ON A WORKDAY AT HOME THAT
ORDINARILY WOULD BE PERFORMED AT THE AUTHORITY'S LOCATION  OR  FACILITY,
THEREBY  ELIMINATING  OR  SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCING THE PHYSICAL COMMUTE TO
AND FROM SUCH AUTHORITY'S PRINCIPAL LOCATION.
  3. PRIOR TO ESTABLISHING A TELEWORKING PROGRAM, EACH  AUTHORITY  SHALL
DETERMINE  WHETHER  OR  NOT SUCH PROGRAM IS COST EFFECTIVE. EACH PARTIC-
IPATING AUTHORITY SHALL THEN DEFINE WHO IS ELIGIBLE  TO  PARTICIPATE  IN
SUCH PROGRAM, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS AND
CRITERIA:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02696-01-3

S. 1251                             2

  (A) THAT THE EMPLOYEE HAS BEEN A PERMANENT EMPLOYEE AND HAS HELD THEIR
JOB TITLE FOR AT LEAST SIXTY DAYS;
  (B)  THAT  THE  AUTHORITY  HAS  DETERMINED  THAT  THE FULL RANGE OF AN
EMPLOYEE'S JOB CAN BE READILY AND EFFECTIVELY COMPLETED AT AN  ALTERNATE
SITE;
  (C)  THE  AUTHORITY  DETERMINES  THAT  THE EMPLOYEE'S ABSENCE FROM THE
OFFICE IS NOT DETRIMENTAL TO OFFICE OPERATIONS;
  (D) THE EMPLOYEE'S PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN SATISFACTORY OR BETTER;
  (E) BOTH THE EMPLOYEE AND EMPLOYER HAVE SIGNED  A  FORMAL  ARRANGEMENT
THAT CLEARLY DELINEATES THE TELEWORKING RELATIONSHIP; AND
  (F)  THE  AUTHORITY  HAS DETERMINED THAT SUCH A TELEWORKING PROGRAM IS
COST EFFECTIVE.
  4. PARTICIPATION IN A TELEWORKING PROGRAM SHALL NOT BE THE  BASIS  FOR
CHANGES IN SALARY OR BENEFITS.
  5.  TELEWORKING  POLICIES  OF  EACH  PARTICIPATING  AUTHORITY SHALL BE
DELIVERED TO THE GOVERNOR, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT
OF  THE  SENATE,  AND  CHAIRS  OF  THE  ASSEMBLY AND SENATE CORPORATIONS
COMMITTEES.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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