assembly Bill A2265A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Enacts the Empowering People in Rights Enforcement (EMPIRE) Worker Protection Act

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 04, 2020 print number 2265a
Feb 04, 2020 amend and recommit to labor
Jan 08, 2020 referred to labor
Jan 22, 2019 referred to labor

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A2265 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1848
Current Committee:
Assembly Labor
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 34 §§960 - 963, Lab L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
A7958, S6426

A2265 - 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, whistleblower or representative organization to initiate a public enforcement action on behalf of the commissioner for certain provisions of the labor law, or any regulation promulgated thereunder.

A2265 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2265

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 22, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M. of A. JOYNER, ORTIZ, HEVESI, ROZIC, BRONSON, SIMON --
  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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A2265A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1848
Current Committee:
Assembly Labor
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 34 §§960 - 963, Lab L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
A7958, S6426

A2265A (ACTIVE) - 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, whistleblower or representative organization to initiate a public enforcement action on behalf of the commissioner for certain provisions of the labor law, or any regulation promulgated thereunder.

A2265A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 2265--A

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 22, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A. JOYNER, ORTIZ, HEVESI, ROZIC, BRONSON, SIMON,
  SAYEGH, WILLIAMS, JAFFEE,  GOTTFRIED,  COLTON,  L. ROSENTHAL,  TAYLOR,
  ARROYO,  COOK,  CRUZ, RICHARDSON, REYES, DE LA ROSA, SEAWRIGHT, STECK,
  D. ROSENTHAL, WEPRIN, JEAN-PIERRE, BARRON, EPSTEIN, DINOWITZ, DICKENS,
  GRIFFIN, CARROLL, MOSLEY, OTIS, SIMOTAS -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of
  A. DenDEKKER, LENTOL, NOLAN -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Labor -- recommitted to the Committee on Labor in  accordance  with
  Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

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

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