|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 06, 2021||referred to labor|
senate Bill S12
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Labor Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S12 (ACTIVE) - Details
S12 (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.
S12 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S12 SPONSOR: HOYLMAN TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to enacting the "Empowering People in Rights Enforcement (EMPIRE) Worker Protection Act" PURPOSE OF BILL: This legislation empowers aggrieved workers to file claims on behalf of the state against an employer for any violation of State labor law. The Act also allows representative organizations to file claims on behalf of impacted workers in order to protect the public interest. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The legislation adds a new Article 34 to the labor law, which estab- lishes the right of a public enforcement action through which an aggrieved employee or a representative organization may commence a civil action on behalf of the commissioner of labor for the purpose of enforc-
S12 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 12 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 6, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sens. HOYLMAN, BIAGGI, GIANARIS, JACKSON, KENNEDY, KRUEG- ER, MAYER, MYRIE, RAMOS, SALAZAR, SANDERS, SERRANO, SKOUFIS -- 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 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 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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