S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
February 8, 2013
Introduced by Sen. LIBOUS -- 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 enacting the fair broad-
cast employment act of 2013
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 "fair broadcast employment act of 2013".
S 2. Section 202-k of the labor law, as added by chapter 398 of the
laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
S 202-k. Protection of persons employed in the broadcast industry. 1.
For the purposes of this section:
(a) "Broadcasting industry employer" includes INDIVIDUAL television
stations or networks, INDIVIDUAL radio stations or networks, cable
stations or networks, internet or satellite-based services similar to a
broadcast station or network, any broadcast entities affiliated with any
of the employers of this paragraph, or any other entity that provides
broadcasting services such as news, weather, traffic, sports, or enter-
tainment reports or programming.
(b) "Broadcast employee" means any on-air employee or off-air employee
of a broadcasting industry employer, excluding management employees.
(C) "KEY BROADCAST EMPLOYEE" MEANS ANY ON-AIR OR OFF-AIR NON-MANAGE-
MENT EMPLOYEE OF A BROADCASTING INDUSTRY EMPLOYER, WHO IS EITHER: (1)
COMPENSATED IN THE HIGHEST TEN PERCENT OF ALL NON-MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEES
EMPLOYED BY THE BROADCAST INDUSTRY EMPLOYER IN THIS STATE, OR (2) IS ONE
OF FIVE DESIGNATED KEY NON-MANAGEMENT POSITIONS EMPLOYED BY THE BROAD-
CAST INDUSTRY EMPLOYER IN THIS STATE, PROVIDED THE EMPLOYER HAS NOTIFIED
THE EMPLOYEE OF SUCH DESIGNATION.
2. [A] SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION,
A broadcasting industry employer shall not require as a condition of
employment, whether in an employment contract or otherwise, that a
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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broadcast employee or prospective broadcast employee refrain from
(a) in any specified geographic area;
(b) for a specific period of time; or
(c) with any particular employer or in any particular industry; after
the conclusion of employment with such broadcasting industry employer.
This section shall not apply to preventing the enforcement of such a
covenant during the term of an employment contract.
3. THE RESTRICTIONS IN THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS
SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEES OR KEY BROADCAST EMPLOY-
EES, AS SO DESIGNATED BY BROADCASTING INDUSTRY EMPLOYERS.
4. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT THE ENFORCEMENT
BY A BROADCASTING INDUSTRY EMPLOYER OF A POST-CONTRACT (A) RIGHT OF
FIRST REFUSAL/RIGHT TO MATCH PROVISION, (B) EXCLUSIVE NEGOTIATION
PROVISION, OR (C) CONFIDENTIALITY/NON-DISCLOSURE PROVISION IN ANY
5. Any person who violates this section shall be civilly liable to a
broadcast employee for damages, attorney's fees and costs.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.