senate Bill S2866

Amended

Establishes the summer employment program

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 24 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO LABOR
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO LABOR
  • 28 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LABOR
  • 28 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 2866A

Summary

Establishes the summer employment program for youths between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to be administered by the labor department; provides local community-based organizations and government entities shall be eligible to receive funds under this program; provides such employment positions to be from the public and non-profit sectors.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2866
S2866A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Labor
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 25-C ยงยง862 - 862-e, Lab L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S4337A

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2866

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to establish-
ing the summer employment program

PURPOSE: The bill establishes the summer employment program for the
purpose of engaging local providers in the development of summer employ-
ment for youth, and provides for yearly funding for the program.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 provides the legislative findings and declaration.

Section 2 establishes a new Article 25-C in the labor law, which
provides a framework for the summer employment program. The Commissioner
of the Department of Labor is directed to establish contracts with local
providers to provide summer employment for youth ages 14 to 21. Provides
that local workforce investment boards will develop and issue request
for proposals for local eligible providers by November 1, 2014, and
triennially thereafter. Also Provides for a report to be issued to the
Governor and the Legislature on or before December 1, 2015 and on or
before every subsequent December first thereafter.

Section 3 provides for an effective date of April 1, 2014.

EXISTING LAW: Currently, the summer employment program is not in law,
and is funded on a year-to-year basis.

JUSTIFICATION: Summer employment is an important formative activity for
Youth as they make transitions between middle and high school and into
employment or postsecondary education. The summer months provide an
ideal time frame during which youth can earn money and experience the
world of work without placing limitations on the time that can, and
should, be spent preparing for and attending classes. Employment
provides an opportunity for young people to gain interpersonal and
employability skills, including team building, conflict resolution and
problem solving. These skills are complementary to academic activity and
will serve employers well in the future when they have a pool of job
candidates who are experienced with workplace expectations.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2001: A.8372 (Scarborough) passed Assembly; deliv-
ered to Senate 2002: A.8372-A (Scarborough) amended on third reading;
passed Assembly and delivered to Senate 2003-2004: A.7897-A (Scarbor-
ough) referred to labor; amended and recommit to labor 2005-2006: A.4543
(Scarborough) referred to labor; reported and referred to ways and means
2007-2008: S.3312 (Smith) referred to labor 2009-2010: S.2236A
(Perkins) Amended and recommitted to labor. S.4337 2011-2012 referred to
Labor

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1, 2014

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

                                  2866

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SMITH  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor

AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to  establishing  the  summer
  employment program

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

  Section 1. Legislative findings and declaration. The legislature finds
and declares that summer employment is an important  formative  activity
for  youth  as  they make transitions between middle and high school and
into employment or post-secondary education. The legislature also  finds
that  the  summer  months provide an ideal time frame during which youth
can earn money and experience the world of work without placing  limita-
tions  on  the  time  that  can,  and should, be spent preparing for and
attending classes.
  The legislature also finds that employment for youth can be valued not
only in terms of the work performed but also in relation to the enhanced
self-esteem of participants that comes, in part, from earned income.
  The legislature also finds that employment provides an opportunity for
young people to gain interpersonal and employability  skills,  including
team building, conflict resolution and problem solving, that are comple-
mentary  to  academic activity and that will serve employers well in the
future when they have a pool of job candidates who are experienced  with
workplace expectations.
  Therefore  the  legislature  declares that a summer employment program
would have significant benefit for both participants and employers.
  S 2. The labor law is amended by adding a new article 25-C to read  as
follows:
                              ARTICLE 25-C
                        SUMMER EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
SECTION 862.   SHORT TITLE.
        862-A. ADMINISTRATION.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07227-01-3

S. 2866                             2

        862-B. PROGRAM.
        862-C. PROVIDERS.
        862-D. USE OF FUNDS.
        862-E. REPORTING AND EVALUATION.
  S  862.  SHORT  TITLE. THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS
THE "SUMMER EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM".
  S 862-A. ADMINISTRATION.  1.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  FORMULATE  AND
ESTABLISH A SUMMER EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING YOUTH
FOURTEEN  TO TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE WITH PAID SUMMER EMPLOYMENT THROUGH
CONTRACTS WITH LOCAL PROVIDERS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE  IN  THE  PROGRAM
PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  EIGHT  HUNDRED SIXTY-TWO-C OF THIS ARTICLE.   THE
COMMISSIONER SHALL DO THE FOLLOWING:
  A. INSTRUCT LOCAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS TO DEVELOP AND  ISSUE  A
REQUEST  FOR  PROPOSAL  FOR  LOCAL  ELIGIBLE PROVIDERS TO PROVIDE SUMMER
EMPLOYMENT NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN AND  EACH
NOVEMBER  FIRST TRIENNIALLY THEREAFTER.  PROPOSALS SHALL INCLUDE BUT ARE
NOT LIMITED TO:
  (I) A DESCRIPTION OF THE JOBS TO BE DEVELOPED OR FILLED; AND
  (II) WAGES AND BENEFITS;
  B. NOTIFY LOCAL PROVIDERS NO LATER THAN MARCH FIRST OF  EACH  YEAR  OF
PROGRAM  ALLOCATION  AND  ENSURE  THAT  PROGRAMS  CAN RECRUIT AND ASSIGN
PARTICIPANTS TO JOBS IN A TIMELY MANNER; AND
  C. PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO PROGRAM PROVIDERS AS APPROPRIATE.
  2. THE PROGRAM SHALL BE ADMINISTERED INDEPENDENTLY OF ANY OTHER FEDER-
ALLY-FUNDED YEAR-ROUND, BEFORE OR AFTER-SCHOOL, OR SUMMER  JOBS  PROGRAM
AND  PROGRAM  FUNDS SHALL NOT BE USED TO SUPPLANT FUNDS OTHERWISE AVAIL-
ABLE FROM ANY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL SOURCE.
  S 862-B. PROGRAM. 1. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES  SUPPORTED  THROUGH  THE
PROGRAM SHALL BE:
  A. POSITIONS IN THE PUBLIC OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT SECTORS;
  B.  JOBS  THAT  EMPLOY  INDIVIDUALS A MINIMUM OF TWENTY-FOUR HOURS PER
WEEK; AND
  C. JOBS THAT ARE COMPLIANT WITH ALL STATE AND FEDERAL LABOR  LAWS  AND
HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS.
  2.  PARTICIPATION  SHALL  BE  LIMITED  TO YOUTH FOURTEEN TO TWENTY-ONE
YEARS OF AGE. A. PRIORITY SHALL BE GIVEN TO THOSE YOUTH WHO ARE FOURTEEN
TO FIFTEEN YEARS OF AGE.
  B. NOT LESS THAN SEVENTY PERCENT OF PARTICIPANTS SHALL BE  FROM  FAMI-
LIES  WITH INCOME AT OR BELOW TWO HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY
LEVEL.
  S 862-C.  PROVIDERS. PROVIDERS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE  FUNDS  UNDER  THIS
PROGRAM  ARE  LIMITED TO LOCAL COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENT
ENTITIES AND WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS WITH PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN ADMIN-
ISTERING AND PROVIDING  SUMMER  YOUTH  EMPLOYMENT  SERVICES.  PREFERENCE
SHALL  BE  GIVEN TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND FURTHER PREFERENCE
SHALL BE GIVEN TO THOSE COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENT  AGENCIES  WITH  DEMON-
STRATED SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE IN PROVIDING YOUTH EMPLOYMENT.
  S  862-D.  USE OF FUNDS. 1. FUNDS SHALL BE USED UNDER THIS ARTICLE FOR
THE FOLLOWING:
  A. WAGES AND BENEFITS;
  B. TRANSPORTATION;
  C. CLOTHING ALLOWANCE INCLUDING FULL-COST OF UNIFORMS; AND
  D. TOOLS AND SUPPLIES.
  2. NO MORE THAN TEN PERCENT OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE USED FOR ADMINISTRA-
TIVE PURPOSES.

S. 2866                             3

  S 862-E. REPORTING AND EVALUATION. ON OR BEFORE  DECEMBER  FIRST,  TWO
THOUSAND  FIFTEEN  AND ON OR BEFORE EVERY SUBSEQUENT DECEMBER FIRST, THE
COMMISSIONER SHALL REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE  TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF
THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY ON THE IMPACT OF THE PROGRAM.
SUCH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:
  1.  A  DESCRIPTION  OF  THE SUMMER POSITIONS FILLED BY PROGRAM PARTIC-
IPANTS INCLUDING:
  A. JOB TITLES;
  B. WAGES AND BENEFITS; AND
  C. NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS BY AGE.
  2. LISTS OF EMPLOYERS BY LOCATION.
  S 3. This act shall take effect April 1, 2014.

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