senate Bill S4767

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel job protection

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S4767 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1798
Current Committee:
Senate Labor
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง207-b, Lab L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A9770

S4767 - Bill Texts

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Relates to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel job protection.

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BILL NUMBER:S4767

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to
volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel job
protection

PURPOSE: This legislation would provide job protections to volunteer
firefighters and ambulance workers.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill would forbid employers from
terminating an employee who is a volunteer firefighter or ambulance
worker responding to an emergency service call.

JUSTIFICATION: Emergency service personnel provide life saving care
to people and property. In desperate situations when these volunteer
workers are needed, these brave men and women should not lose their
jobs because of their altruism.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  4767

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 23, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to volunteer firefighters and
  emergency medical services personnel job protection

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

  Section  1.  The labor law is amended by adding a new section 207-b to
read as follows:
  S 207-B. VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER AND AMBULANCE WORKER JOB PROTECTION. 1.
IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR ANY EMPLOYER OR  HIS  OR  HER  DULY  AUTHORIZED
AGENT  TO  DISCHARGE  OR  IN  ANY  OTHER  MANNER DISCRIMINATE AGAINST AN
EMPLOYEE AS TO HIS OR HER EMPLOYMENT BECAUSE HE OR SHE HAS RESPONDED  TO
AN  EMERGENCY  WHEN ACTING AS A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER OR VOLUNTEER AMBU-
LANCE WORKER.
  2. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
  (A) VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING  AS  DEFINED  IN
SUBDIVISION  ONE OF SECTION THREE OF THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT
LAW; AND
  (B) VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKER SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS  DEFINED
IN  SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION THREE OF THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKERS'
BENEFIT LAW.
  3. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS  SECTION,  "RESPONDING  TO  AN  EMERGENCY"
SHALL MEAN:
  (A)  WHEN A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER PARTICIPATES IN NECESSARY TRAVEL TO,
WORKING AT, AND NECESSARY TRAVEL RETURNING FROM A FIRE, ALARM  OF  FIRE,
HAZARDOUS  MATERIAL INCIDENT OR OTHER EMERGENCY TO WHICH HIS OR HER FIRE
DEPARTMENT, FIRE COMPANY, ANY UNIT  THEREOF,  EITHER  HAS  RESPONDED  OR
WOULD  BE  REQUIRED OR AUTHORIZED TO RESPOND, INCLUDING NECESSARY TRAVEL
DURING SUCH WORK OR INCIDENTAL THERETO; OR
  (B) WHEN A VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKER PARTICIPATES IN NECESSARY TRAVEL
TO, WORKING AT, AND NECESSARY TRAVEL RETURNING FROM AN  ACCIDENT,  ALARM

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00367-01-3

S. 4767                             2

OF  ACCIDENT,  OR  OTHER  DUTY TO WHICH HIS OR HER AMBULANCE DEPARTMENT,
AMBULANCE COMPANY, OR ANY UNIT THEREOF, EITHER HAS RESPONDED OR WOULD BE
REQUIRED OR AUTHORIZED TO RESPOND,  INCLUDING  NECESSARY  TRAVEL  DURING
SUCH WORK OR INCIDENTAL THERETO.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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