senate Bill S1071

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to permitting unemployment benefits in certain cases of voluntary separation from employment during the COVID-19 emergency

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Labor Committee


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Jan 06, 2021 referred to labor

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S1071 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Labor
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §593, Lab L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S8246

S1071 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Permits unemployment benefits in the case of voluntary separation from employment during the COVID-19 emergency for persons over age 65 or persons with health conditions which make them at risk where the claimant has a reasonable belief that their working environment is unsafe.

S1071 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1071 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   1071
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  GOUNARDES,  BIAGGI,  GAUGHRAN, HOYLMAN, KAMINSKY,
   KENNEDY, LIU, MAY, MAYER, RIVERA -- 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 permitting unemployment
   benefits in the case of certain voluntary separation  from  employment
   during  the  COVID-19  emergency; and providing for the repeal of such
   provisions upon the expiration thereof
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 593 of the labor law is amended by
 adding two new paragraphs (d) and (e) to read as follows:
   (D)  (I)  A CLAIMANT SHALL NOT BE DISQUALIFIED FROM RECEIVING BENEFITS
 FOR SEPARATION FROM EMPLOYMENT WHERE THE CLAIMANT HAS VOLUNTARILY  SEPA-
 RATED  FROM EMPLOYMENT DUE TO THE REASONABLE BELIEF THAT HIS OR HER WORK
 CONDITIONS ARE UNSAFE BASED ON THE  CLAIMANT'S  REASONABLE  BELIEF  THAT
 SUCH  CONDITIONS ARE INCONSISTENT WITH LAWS, RULES, PROTOCOLS, POLICIES,
 ORDERS, OR GUIDANCE OF ANY FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL  AGENCY
 INTENDED  TO  KEEP  HIS  OR  HER  WORK  ENVIRONMENT SAFE FOR WORKERS AND
 CONSUMERS FROM POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO OR INFECTION FROM THE NOVEL CORONA-
 VIRUS OF 2019.
   (II) IN DETERMINING WHETHER THE CLAIMANT REASONABLY  BELIEVED  HIS  OR
 HER  WORK  CONDITIONS  WERE  UNSAFE, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL REVIEW FACTORS
 INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO (1)  WHETHER  THE  CLAIMANT  IS  SIXTY-FIVE
 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER; (2) WHETHER THE CLAIMANT HAS AN UNDERLYING HEALTH
 CONDITION  THAT PUTS SUCH CLAIMANT ESPECIALLY AT-RISK FOR SEVERE ILLNESS
 FROM COVID-19 INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED  TO  CHRONIC  PULMONARY,  LUNG,
 LIVER,  OR KIDNEY DISEASE, MODERATE-TO-SEVERE ASTHMA, DIABETES, HEMOGLO-
 BIN DISORDERS, SERIOUS HEART CONDITIONS, SEVERE OBESITY, OR THE CLAIMANT
 IS IMMUNOCOMPROMISED; (3) WHETHER SUCH  CLAIMANT  LIVES  WITH  A  FAMILY
 MEMBER  WHO IS SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER OR WHO HAS AN UNDERLYING
 CONDITION THAT PUTS THEM AT-RISK FOR SEVERE ILLNESS DUE TO COVID-19; AND
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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