senate Bill S640

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Establishes an essential workers' bill of rights

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Labor Committee


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Jan 06, 2021 referred to labor

S640 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A761
Current Committee:
Senate Labor
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Add §202-n, Lab L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S8308, A10437

S640 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes an essential workers' bill of rights; provides that all employers shall provide essential workers with personal protective equipment, inform such workers of exposure to any disease related to a state disaster emergency, and not retaliate for any report of an unsafe work environment; provides certain employers shall make hazard payments and cover the costs of any child care or health care needed by such essential workers for the duration of the state disaster emergency.

S640 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S640 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    640
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  LIU  --  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 establishing an  essential
   workers' bill of rights

   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  202-n  to
 read as follows:
   §  202-N.  ESSENTIAL  WORKERS'  BILL OF RIGHTS. 1. FOR THE PURPOSES OF
 THIS SECTION, "ESSENTIAL WORKER" MEANS ANY EMPLOYEE  OF  A  BUSINESS  OR
 ENTITY PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES OR FUNCTIONS DURING ANY STATE DISAS-
 TER  EMERGENCY  DECLARED  PURSUANT TO ARTICLE TWO-B OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW
 AND DESIGNATED AS AN ESSENTIAL WORKER PURSUANT TO ANY LAW,  RULE,  REGU-
 LATION  OR EXECUTIVE ORDER INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ESSENTIAL HEALTH
 CARE OPERATIONS INCLUDING RESEARCH AND  LABORATORY  SERVICES;  ESSENTIAL
 INFRASTRUCTURE  INCLUDING  UTILITIES,  TELECOMMUNICATION,  AIRPORTS  AND
 TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE; ESSENTIAL MANUFACTURING,  INCLUDING  FOOD
 PROCESSING  AND  PHARMACEUTICALS;  ESSENTIAL  RETAIL  INCLUDING  GROCERY
 STORES AND PHARMACIES; ESSENTIAL SERVICES  INCLUDING  TRASH  COLLECTION,
 MAIL,  AND  SHIPPING  SERVICES;  NEWS MEDIA; BANKS AND RELATED FINANCIAL
 INSTITUTIONS; PROVIDERS OF BASIC NECESSITIES TO  ECONOMICALLY  DISADVAN-
 TAGED POPULATIONS; CONSTRUCTION; VENDORS OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES NECESSARY
 TO  MAINTAIN  THE  SAFETY,  SANITATION AND ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS OF RESI-
 DENCES OR OTHER ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES;  VENDORS  THAT  PROVIDE  ESSENTIAL
 SERVICES  OR PRODUCTS, INCLUDING LOGISTICS AND TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT, CHILD
 CARE AND SERVICES NEEDED TO ENSURE THE CONTINUING OPERATION  OF  GOVERN-
 MENT  AGENCIES  AND  PROVIDE  FOR  THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF THE
 PUBLIC.
   2. DURING A STATE DISASTER EMERGENCY, ALL EMPLOYERS OF ESSENTIAL WORK-
 ERS SHALL ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT THE FOLLOWING ESSENTIAL WORKERS'  BILL  OF
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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