senate Bill S3962A

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Establishes a task force on occupational wellness

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Jan 19, 2012 print number 3962a
amend and recommit to health
Jan 04, 2012 referred to health
Mar 10, 2011 referred to health

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S3962 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Health
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S5051

S3962 - Summary

Establishes a task force on occupational wellness to study and evaluate the existing health of the state's workforce and the potential benefits of implementing occupational wellness programs; provides such task force shall be within the department of health and shall consist of thirteen members.

S3962 - Sponsor Memo

S3962 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3962

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SMITH  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to establish a task force on occupational wellness and  providing
  for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative findings and  intent.  The  legislature  hereby
finds  that  healthier  employees  experience  less absenteeism, greater
productivity, better mental performance, and increased job satisfaction,
performance and morale.
  The legislature hereby finds that occupational wellness  programs  and
preventative  health  strategies  directly address the leading causes of
disability and premature death in the United  States.  Furthermore,  the
vital  importance  of this issue was recently crystallized by the United
States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)  who  earmarked
$14 million to study occupational wellness programs.
  The  legislature hereby finds that there is a significant state inter-
est in encouraging a proactive approach to preventing illness and  inju-
ry, as opposed to the traditional reactive, sick-care method. A reorien-
tation  of  our  systematic  approach  to  health care is exemplified by
United States Senate Bill 2558, the Healthy  Lifestyles  and  Prevention
(HeLP) Act and New York State Senate Bill 5774-A of 1999-2000, The Well-
ness and Preventative Health Care Program.
  The  legislature  hereby finds that individual studies and evaluations
of wellness programs have concluded that such endeavors have dual, rein-
forcing, and parallel benefits. In the first  instance,  employees  have
become  more fit, reduced obesity, lessened stress levels, quit smoking,
and achieved other propitious outcomes. Secondarily,  wellness  programs
have  increased  overall  productivity,  economic viability, and reduced
health care costs relative to employers.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10044-01-1

S3962A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Health
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S5051

S3962A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a task force on occupational wellness to study and evaluate the existing health of the state's workforce and the potential benefits of implementing occupational wellness programs; provides such task force shall be within the department of health and shall consist of thirteen members.

S3962A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3962A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3962--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SMITH  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health --  recommitted  to
  the  Committee  on  Health in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --
  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
  recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to establish a task force on occupational wellness and providing
  for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative  findings  and intent. The legislature hereby
finds that healthier  employees  experience  less  absenteeism,  greater
productivity, better mental performance, and increased job satisfaction,
performance and morale.
  The  legislature  hereby finds that occupational wellness programs and
preventative health strategies directly address the  leading  causes  of
disability  and  premature  death in the United States. Furthermore, the
vital importance of this issue was recently crystallized by  the  United
States  Centers  for  Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who earmarked
$14 million to study occupational wellness programs.
  The legislature hereby finds that there is a significant state  inter-
est  in encouraging a proactive approach to preventing illness and inju-
ry, as opposed to the traditional reactive, sick-care method. A reorien-
tation of our systematic approach  to  health  care  is  exemplified  by
United  States  Senate  Bill 2558, the Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention
(HeLP) Act and New York State Senate Bill 5774-A of 1999-2000, The Well-
ness and Preventative Health Care Program.
  The legislature hereby finds that individual studies  and  evaluations
of wellness programs have concluded that such endeavors have dual, rein-
forcing,  and  parallel  benefits. In the first instance, employees have
become more fit, reduced obesity, lessened stress levels, quit  smoking,
and  achieved  other propitious outcomes. Secondarily, wellness programs

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10044-02-2

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