Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2020||
referred to labor
|Apr 04, 2019||
referred to labor
Senate Bill S5044
2019-2020 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Labor Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2019-S5044 (ACTIVE) - Details
2019-S5044 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S5044 SPONSOR: PARKER TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law and the civil service law, in relation to employees' right to review personnel records PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would amend the labor and civil service laws to provide a means by which public and private employees are granted access to their personnel file. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: § 1 of this bill amends the labor law by adding section 211-b. This section goes on to require employers to provide an employee, Attorney of the employee or a representative of a recognized or certified employee organization, the opportunity to review and copy the employee's person- nel file. The employee must submit a written request for this right to be exercised.
2019-S5044 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 5044 2019-2020 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E April 4, 2019 ___________ Introduced by Sens. PARKER, SEPULVEDA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor AN ACT to amend the labor law and the civil service law, in relation to employees' right to review personnel records 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 211-b to read as follows: § 211-B. EMPLOYEE RIGHT TO REVIEW PERSONNEL RECORDS. 1. THE EMPLOYER SHALL, UPON WRITTEN REQUEST FROM AN EMPLOYEE OR FORMER EMPLOYEE, PROVIDE SUCH EMPLOYEE, FORMER EMPLOYEE SEPARATED FROM EMPLOYMENT WITH SUCH EMPLOYER WITHIN THE PREVIOUS THREE YEARS, REPRESENTATIVE OF A RECOGNIZED OR CERTIFIED EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION OR ATTORNEY OF SUCH EMPLOYEE WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW AND COPY THE EMPLOYEE'S PERSONNEL FILE IF THE EMPLOYER HAS A PERSONNEL FILE FOR THAT EMPLOYEE. THE REVIEW AND COPYING MUST TAKE PLACE AT THE LOCATION WHERE THE PERSONNEL FILES ARE MAINTAINED AND DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS UNLESS, AT THE EMPLOYER'S DISCRETION, A MORE CONVENIENT TIME AND LOCATION FOR THE EMPLOYEE ARE ARRANGED. 2. IN EACH CALENDAR YEAR, THE EMPLOYER SHALL PROVIDE, AT NO COST TO THE EMPLOYEE, ONE COPY OF THE ENTIRE PERSONNEL FILE WHEN REQUESTED BY THE EMPLOYEE OR FORMER EMPLOYEE SEPARATED FROM EMPLOYMENT WITH SUCH EMPLOYER WITHIN THE LAST THREE YEARS AND, WHEN REQUESTED BY THE EMPLOYEE OR FORMER EMPLOYEE SEPARATED FROM EMPLOYMENT WITHIN THE LAST THREE YEARS WITH SUCH EMPLOYER, ONE COPY OF ALL THE MATERIAL ADDED TO THE PERSONNEL FILE AFTER THE COPY OF THE ENTIRE FILE WAS PROVIDED. THE COST OF COPYING ANY OTHER MATERIAL REQUESTED DURING THE CALENDAR YEAR SHALL BE PAID BY THE EMPLOYEE REQUESTING THE COPY. 3. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, A PERSONNEL FILE INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, ANY FORMAL OR INFORMAL EMPLOYEE EVALUATIONS AND REPORTS RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEE'S CHARACTER, CREDIT, WORK HABITS, COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS, AND NONPRIVILEGED MEDICAL RECORDS OR NURSES' STATION NOTES EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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