New York State has the chance to lead the nation in extending basic workplace protections to domestic workers — the nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly who are as essential to the economy as they are overlooked and unprotected.
For many of you, especially those living far from a subway line or the Staten Island Rapid Transit, express buses are a necessary part of your daily commute. It's a lifeline to and from work or school, which is why I decided to take on the task of studying the quality of your express bus ride.
New York is poised to become the first state establishing a landmark set of working standards for housekeepers, nannies and other domestic workers. State lawmakers have passed a measure that would require overtime pay after eight-hour workdays, at least one day off per week, and at least eighteen holidays, sick days and vacation days per year. Lawmakers will now attempt to reconcile the Senate and Assembly versions before sending a final bill to Governor David Paterson.
Welcome to The Capitol Pressroom for Wednesday May 26th. Here’s an abridged version of what’s going on politically around here – Andrew Cuomo picked Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy to be his LG. Newsday’s James Madore will have the story. Meanwhile one of Cuomo’s guys from the AG’s office is in court in Albany today defending Governor Paterson’s decision to furlough state workers. State worker Unions are fighting the idea tooth and nail.
Law to give basic labor protections to over 200,000 employees working in private homes
(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (S2311D/Savino) making New York the first state in the nation to provide new standards of worker protections for more than 200,000 employees in an industry which has gone unregulated for decades.
Is scrubbing somebody else's floor "work"? How about staying up all night - every night - with another person's colicky baby? Or helping their elderly mother shower and use the bathroom? The reality is, domestic workers like nannies, caregivers and housekeepers do some of the hardest and most necessary work around. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are able to do their own jobs and keep their families functioning only because they rely on the labor of nannies and caregivers, yet these domestic employees are denied the basic workplace protections most other workers are guaranteed.
The New York Conference of Italian American Legislators invites you to the 20th Annual Conference on Sunday, June 13th, 2010. The Conference will be held in the Legislative Office Building which is located across the street from the State Capitol Building in Albany. Registration opens at 10:30 am with opening remarks beginning at 11:30. Lunch will be served at 2:00 and the conference concludes with dinner at The State Room at 6:00 pm. The cost for the Conference is only $35 which includes dinner.
(Albany, NY) Each year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of outstanding women who make our world and our lives better. Today, the 13th annual Women of Distinction celebration recognized 57 women whose contributions have enriched the quality of life in communities across New York.