Senator Sepúlveda Measure Signed by Governor Cuomo Will Help Both Employers and Employees Homecaring for Loved Ones Mutually Benefit from New State On-line Advisory Guidelines

A win-win situation for workers, their loved ones and employers

Employers, and workers who must deal with taking care of elderly parents, handicapped children or other family members who need homecare, will now have a set of guidelines to help them deal with the issue in the workplace, thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Cuomo.

The legislation by two Bronx legislators, Senator Luis Sepúlveda and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, requires three state agencies to post guides on their websites containing best practices for retaining employees who are informal caregivers.

“Many employees at some point have to care for a disabled parent, spouse, or child, and in many cases, employers are unable to appropriately assist employees in this situation,” said Senator Sepúlveda. “What this bill attempts to do is develop and disseminate materials to employees and employers about informal caregiving, how it impacts their businesses, and how businesses can support their caregiving employees.”

Senator Sepúlveda, a member of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, noted that recent studies indicate that if the value of informal caregiving was quantified as a part of the healthcare system, it would account for well over $20 billion each year.

Under the legislation, the guidelines must be developed by the state Office for the Aging, the Department of Labor, and the Department of State, and posted on their websites, as well as being available in print for a nominal fee.

“Many of us face the reality of our parents, children, or relatives needing homecare,” said Assemblyman Dinowitz. “However this can conflict with our obligations in the workplace. This law makes information on how to deal with this common occurrence readily available for employees and employers alike. It can be difficult enough just to navigate the complexities of providing homecare while holding a job, getting information on how to do no longer needs to be difficult,” said Assemblyman Dinowitz.

Senator Sepúlveda noted that “These guidelines will hopefully go a long way in benefitting employees who must juggle dealing with a homecare situation and their jobs, while employers can better understand how to still get the best out of their employees while helping them manage their situations.

“Helping employees handle the stress of taking care of a sick family member improves their productivity and their relationship with their employer,” the Senator continued. “This is a win-win situation for workers, their loved ones and employers.”

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assembly Bill A3958

Signed By Governor
2017-2018 Legislative Session

Requires the provision of guides containing best practices for retaining employees who are informal caregivers

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Oct 02, 2018 signed chap.309
Sep 20, 2018 delivered to governor
Jun 06, 2018 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1622
substituted for s8739
Mar 19, 2018 referred to aging
delivered to senate
passed assembly
Jan 03, 2018 ordered to third reading cal.300
May 25, 2017 advanced to third reading cal.512
May 23, 2017 reported
Feb 13, 2017 reported referred to ways and means
Jan 30, 2017 referred to aging

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A3958 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S8739
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Add §224, Eld L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A8233
2011-2012: A1902, S1897
2013-2014: A442, S147
2015-2016: A294, S478

A3958 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires the provision of guides containing best practices for retaining employees who are informal caregivers; provides that such guide shall be available on the websites of the state office for the aging, the department of labor and the department of state.

A3958 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  3958

                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 30, 2017
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. DINOWITZ, GALEF, SEAWRIGHT -- Multi-Sponsored by
  -- M. of A.  SEPULVEDA -- read once and referred to the  Committee  on
  Aging

AN  ACT  to  amend the elder law, in relation to the provision of guides
  containing best practices for retaining  employees  who  are  informal
  caregivers

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

  Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a  new  section  224  to
read as follows:
  §  224.  INFORMAL  CAREGIVERS  IN THE WORKPLACE PROGRAM. 1. THE OFFICE
SHALL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AND IN  CONSULTATION
WITH   COMMUNITY  BASED  ORGANIZATIONS  REPRESENTING  THE  INTERESTS  OF
INFORMAL CAREGIVERS AROUND THE STATE, DEVELOP AND  UPDATE  ON  A  YEARLY
BASIS  A  GUIDE  FOR  BUSINESSES IN THE STATE THAT CONTAINS CURRENT BEST
PRACTICES FOR RETAINING EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ALSO INFORMAL  CAREGIVERS  AND
INFORMATION FOR SUPPORTING SUCH EMPLOYEES SO THEY CAN ACHIEVE EFFECTIVE-
NESS BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE WORKPLACE.
  2.  SUCH  GUIDE  SHALL BE AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITES OF THE OFFICE, THE
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. BUSINESSES THAT  OBTAIN
CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OR DEPARTMENT OF
STATE  SHALL BE PROVIDED WITH A LINK TO THE GUIDE PROVIDED FOR IN SUBDI-
VISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, OR A PAPER COPY UPON REQUEST, WHEN THE BUSI-
NESS APPLIES FOR SUCH CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE. A NOMINAL FEE  MAY  BE
CHARGED  FOR  PAPER  COPIES PROVIDED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOT BUSINESS
OWNERS.
  § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03440-01-7

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