senate Bill S7160
(R, C, IP) 6th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Grants excused leave to public officers, employees of the state, county, municipality or school district to undertake screening for cancer.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil service law, in relation to
directing the granting of excused leave to public officers and public
employees to undertake cancer screenings; and to repeal certain
provisions of such law relating thereto
The purpose of this legislation is to encourage people to be screened
regularly for all types of cancer by providing time off from work,
thereby increasing the number of cancers caught at an early stage and
improving public health.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends Section 159-b of the Civil Service Law to
entitle any employee of the state, any county, municipality, school
district, community college, public authorities public benefit
corporations, any board of cooperative educational services (BOCES),
vocational education and extension board, participating employers in
the New York state and local employees' retirement system, or of a
participating employer in the New York state teachers' retirement
system to have a paid leave of absence from his or her duties or
service for a sufficient period of time, not to exceed four hours per
cancer screening type, or the cumulative equivalent of two full-time
days, whichever is less on annual basis, to undertake a screening for
cancer. It also provides that an employer may reserve the right to
require all employees provide a written referral from a physician or
other duty authorized health care provider.
Section 2 repeals Section 159-c of the Civil Service Law Section 3
sets the effective date.
Cancer, in all its forms, is one the most deadly diseases that human
beings face today. There are over 200 types of cancer, which can
affect 60 organs throughout the human body. In 2012, cancer caused 8.2
million deaths worldwide. In 2013 in New York State alone, 34,240 New
Yorkers lost their lives to 10 different types of cancer, such as
brain, breast, colon, rectum, and liver cancers to name a few. The
chances for survival and the effective treatment of cancer are much
higher when cancers are detected at early stages. It is important that
employees are provided with the necessary time in order to receive
proper screenings for cancer.
This is a new bill.
To be determined by state and local governments. However, preventative
cancer screening can detect problems in their early stages and prevent
more serious medical conditions which have an adverse effect on
workers productivity, whereby increasing overall costs to the state.
Ninetieth day after it becomes law; provided, however, that effective
immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or
regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its
effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on
or before such effective date.
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