senate Bill S147

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires the provision of guides containing best practices for retaining employees who are informal caregivers

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S147 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A442
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง224, Eld L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1897, A1902
2009-2010: A1902, A8233

S147 - Bill Texts

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Requires the provision of guides containing best practices for retaining employees who are informal caregivers; provides that such guide shall be available on the websites of the state office for the aging, the department of labor and the department of state.

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BILL NUMBER:S147

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the elder law, in relation to the provision of guides
containing best practices for retaining employees who are informal
caregivers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To make materials available to
employers in New York state on the issue of informal caregiving by
employees.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Amends the Elder Law by adding a new section 224.
Establishes the informal caregivers in the workplace program.
provides that the New York State Office for the Aging, in conjunction
with the Department of Labor, shall develop and update a guide for
businesses in the State that contain best practices for retaining and
assisting employees who are also informal caregivers.

Section 2. Effective Date

EXISTING LAW:
None.

JUSTIFICATION:
Recent studies indicate that if we were to quantify that value of
informal caregiving as a part of our healthcare system, it would
account for well over $20 billion each year. Many employers and
employees at some point have to care for a disabled parent, spouse,
or child, and in many cases are unable to appropriately assist
employees in this situation. What this bill attempts to do is develop
and disseminate materials to employees and employers about informal
caregiving, how it impacts their businesses, and how businesses can
support their caregiving employees.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: S.1897 - Notice of Committee Consideration Requested,
Discharged, Committed to Rules/A/1902 - Held for
Consideration in Ways and Means
2011: S.1897 - Discharged from Aging Committed to Civil Service
and Pensions/A.1902 - Reported Referred to Ways and Means
2009-10: A.8233 - Died on Third Reading Calendar

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                   147

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to the  provision  of  guides
  containing  best  practices  for  retaining employees who are informal
  caregivers

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

  Section  1.  The  elder  law is amended by adding a new section 224 to
read as follows:
  S 224. INFORMAL CAREGIVERS IN THE WORKPLACE  PROGRAM.  1.  THE  OFFICE
SHALL,  IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AND IN CONSULTATION
WITH  COMMUNITY  BASED  ORGANIZATIONS  REPRESENTING  THE  INTERESTS   OF
INFORMAL  CAREGIVERS  AROUND  THE  STATE, DEVELOP AND UPDATE ON A YEARLY
BASIS A GUIDE FOR BUSINESSES IN THE STATE  THAT  CONTAINS  CURRENT  BEST
PRACTICES  FOR  RETAINING EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ALSO INFORMAL CAREGIVERS AND
INFORMATION FOR SUPPORTING SUCH EMPLOYEES SO THEY CAN ACHIEVE EFFECTIVE-
NESS BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE WORKPLACE.
  2. SUCH GUIDE SHALL BE AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITES OF  THE  OFFICE,  THE
DEPARTMENT  OF LABOR AND THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. BUSINESSES THAT OBTAIN
CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OR DEPARTMENT OF
STATE SHALL BE PROVIDED WITH A LINK TO THE GUIDE PROVIDED FOR IN  SUBDI-
VISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, OR A PAPER COPY UPON REQUEST, WHEN THE BUSI-
NESS  APPLIES  FOR SUCH CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE. A NOMINAL FEE MAY BE
CHARGED FOR PAPER COPIES PROVIDED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO  ARE  NOT  BUSINESS
OWNERS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01056-01-3

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