senate Bill S542A
(D, IP, WF) 63rd Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Enacts the "save New York call center jobs act of 2014"; requires prior notice of relocation of call center jobs from New York to a foreign country; directs the commissioner of labor to maintain a list of employers who move call center jobs; prohibits loans or grants.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to enacting
the "save New York call center jobs act of 2014"
PURPOSE OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to penalize companies that
relocate call center jobs overseas by restricting their access to state
contracts and loans.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill amends the labor law by adding Article
21. Under Section 771, a call center employer that intends to relocate a
call center, or one or more facilities or operating units within a call
center compromising at least thirty percent of the call center's, or
operating unit's total volume when measured against the previous twelve
month average call volume of operations or substantially similar oper-
ations, from New York State to a foreign country shall notify the
commissioner at least one hundred days before such relocation.
A call center employer that violates subdivision one of this section
shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars
for each day of such violation, except that the commissioner may reduce
such amount for just cause shown.
JUSTIFICATION: Over the past four years, the United States has lost at
least 500,000 call center jobs as businesses have opted to relocate
offshore. In addition to limiting employment opportunities for struggl-
ing families, the use of foreign call centers present a number of secu-
rity concerns with respect to protecting New Yorkers personal confiden-
In an effort to combat unemployment in New York State, this bill holds
companies that out source jobs accountable. This legislation directs the
commissioner to compile a semi-annual list of all call center employers
in NYS that relocate jobs overseas and publicly discloses this informa-
tion to all state agencies. Additionally, call center employers that
appear on the list will be ineligible for state grants, guaranteed loans
and tax benefits. This measure gives companies throughout the state an
incentive to support New York's workforce, as opposed to negligently
shipping jobs abroad. In light of the current economic climate, it is
fiscally irresponsible to continue to reward with taxpayer dollars and
state subsidies, businesses that relocate jobs.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.6918 Referred to Labor/A.9809 Passed
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth
day after it shall have become a law.
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