senate Bill S1721

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to providing language access services

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Current Bill Status - Passed Senate


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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 11, 2019 referred to labor
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 07, 2019 advanced to third reading
Mar 06, 2019 2nd report cal.
Mar 05, 2019 1st report cal.223
Jan 22, 2019 reported and committed to finance
Jan 16, 2019 referred to labor

Votes

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Mar 5, 2019 - Finance committee Vote

S1721
17
2
committee
17
Aye
2
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
1
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Finance Committee Vote: Mar 5, 2019

nay (2)
aye wr (2)
absent (1)
excused (1)

Jan 22, 2019 - Labor committee Vote

S1721
10
2
committee
10
Aye
2
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Labor Committee Vote: Jan 22, 2019

nay (2)
aye wr (1)

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S1721 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1327
Current Committee:
Assembly Labor
Law Section:
Workers' Compensation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §17-a, Work Comp L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S5356, A6043, A10573

S1721 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to providing language access services; requires the workers' compensation board to provide for translation of documents and interpretation services and to publish a language access plan.

S1721 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1721 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  1721

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 16, 2019
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to  providing
  language access services

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

  Section 1. The workers' compensation law is amended by  adding  a  new
section 17-a to read as follows:
  § 17-A. LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY. 1. THE BOARD SHALL PROVIDE TRANS-
LATION  OF  ALL DOCUMENTS AND FORMS USED BY OR ISSUED TO INJURED EMPLOY-
EES. THE TRANSLATION  SHALL  BE  IN  THE  SIX  MOST  COMMON  NON-ENGLISH
LANGUAGES  SPOKEN BY INDIVIDUALS WITH LIMITED-ENGLISH PROFICIENCY IN THE
STATE OF NEW YORK.
  2. THE BOARD SHALL PROVIDE INTERPRETATION SERVICES TO INJURED  EMPLOY-
EES  WITH RESPECT TO ITS PROVISION OF SERVICES, INFORMATION AND/OR BENE-
FITS.
  3. THE BOARD SHALL PUBLISH A LANGUAGE ACCESS PLAN THAT REFLECTS:
  (A) THE MEANS BY WHICH IT PROVIDES LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES;
  (B) THE TITLES OF ALL AVAILABLE TRANSLATED DOCUMENTS AND THE LANGUAGES
INTO WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED;
  (C) THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC CONTACT POSITIONS AT THE BOARD AND THE NUMBER
OF BILINGUAL  EMPLOYEES  IN  PUBLIC  CONTACT  POSITIONS,  INCLUDING  THE
LANGUAGES THEY SPEAK;
  (D)  A  TRAINING  PLAN FOR BOARD EMPLOYEES WHICH INCLUDES, AT MINIMUM,
ANNUAL TRAINING ON ITS LANGUAGE  ACCESS  POLICIES  AND  HOW  TO  PROVIDE
LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES;
  (E)  A  PLAN  FOR  ANNUAL  INTERNAL MONITORING OF THE BOARD'S LANGUAGE
ACCESS PLAN;
  (F) A PLAN OF HOW THE BOARD INTENDS TO  NOTIFY  INJURED  EMPLOYEES  OF
OFFERED LANGUAGE ASSISTANT SERVICES; AND

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07745-01-9

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