senate Bill S7835
(D, IP, WF) 23rd Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Applies the prevailing wage laws to certain projects on privately owned property.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to applying
the prevailing wage laws to certain projects on privately owned
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to provide prevailing wages to workers on
certain construction projects.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill would expand prevailing wage requirements to privately owned
projects that receive public funds or financial incentives when such
project involves the construction of more than fifty dwelling units
and less than fifty percent of such units are reserved for occupancy
by individuals or families with a gross income at or below 125% of the
area median income.
The New York State Labor Law (Article 8, Section 220). requires that
"prevailing wages" and "supplemental benefits" be paid on public works
construction projects. This bill would apply the law to certain
larger, primarily upper-income residential projects with more than 50
units that receive public funds or financial assistance. This
legislation does not apply to primarily affordable housing projects of
any size. This legislation also does not apply to residential projects
involving 50 or less units.
Independent research conducted by respected economists and
universities has consistently found that prevailing wage requirements:
*Promote training, skill and productivity, which improves quality and
*Minimize safety-net costs to taxpayers by providing healthcare and
other benefits through employment.
*Reduce injuries and workers' compensation costs.
* Increase local and minority workforce participation.
Applying prevailing wage requirements to larger, primarily
upper-income residential projects that are publicly subsidized will
assure that the economic benefits of these projects do not only serve
a limited number of affluent interests, but serve the intended purpose
of providing economic opportunity more broadly to workers who earn
good wages and spur local economic multipliers that maximize the
positive effect of the public subsidies. Additionally, applying
prevailing wage requirements to these publicly subsidized projects
will discourage situations where good developers and contractors that
choose to treat their workers well are put at a disadvantage against
developers and contractors that do not.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2013: A.2229 (Lopez, V.) - Referred to Labor
2012: A.10387 (Lopez,V.)- Reported to Codes
None to the State.
This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it
shall have become a law. Effective, immediately, the addition,
amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the
implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be
made on or before such date.
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