|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 03, 2018||referred to labor|
|May 23, 2017||referred to labor|
assembly Bill A7958
Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Harry B. Bronson
A7958 - Details
- See Senate Version of this Bill:
- Current Committee:
- Assembly Labor
- Law Section:
- Labor Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add Art 33 §§960 - 963, Lab L
A7958 - Summary
Enacts the "Empowering People in Rights Enforcement (EMPIRE) Worker Protection Act"; relates to the delegation of state enforcement authority to private actors; authorizes an aggrieved employee or employees or a representative organization to initiate a public enforcement action on behalf of the commissioner for any provision of the labor law, or any regulation promulgated thereunder, that provides for a civil penalty to be assessed and collected by the commissioner for a violation of the labor law.
A7958 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7958 2017-2018 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y May 23, 2017 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. JOYNER -- read once and referred to the Committee on Labor AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to enacting the "Empowering People in Rights Enforcement (EMPIRE) Worker Protection Act" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Empowering People in Rights Enforcement (EMPIRE) Worker Protection Act". § 2. Legislative findings. 1. The legislature finds and declares that violations of the labor law are often systemic, affecting many workers. 2. The legislature further finds and declares that despite the labor law's strong protections for workers, limits on the availability of public enforcement resources have deleterious effects on the marketplace by allowing abuses targeting workers to persist unprosecuted. To ensure the robust enforcement of the labor law, while minimizing the outlay of scarce state funds, this act allows private individuals to bring public enforcement actions in certain contexts in which the state does not have the means to fully enforce labor law protections. 3. The legislature further finds and declares that the purpose of the EMPIRE Worker Protection Act is to create a means of empowering citizens as private attorneys general to enforce the New York labor law. 4. The legislature further finds and declares that the purpose of the EMPIRE Worker Protection Act is to incentivize private parties to recover civil penalties for the government that otherwise may not have been assessed and collected by overburdened state enforcement agencies. Such representative actions are an efficient mechanism to limit systemic violations, will enforce the rights of more workers, and can benefit the department of labor with enhanced resources. 5. The legislature further finds and declares that the purpose of the EMPIRE Worker Protection Act is to benefit those employers who are oper- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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