The New York legislature has taken action in the areas of work safety and wages. Governor Kathy Hochul signed four bills into law on Labor Day.

Below are new laws:

  • Legislation (S.4682-B/A.485-B) Establishes a Demonstration Program Implementing Speed Violation Monitoring Systems in Work Zones. Here's what this law will do: create a system of cameras to record speed violations in work zones. This system can identify those who break the law, putting workers at risk.
  • Legislation (A.3350-A/S.2766-C) Makes Construction Contractors Liable for Wages Owed to Employees of Their Subcontractors. This legislation makes contractors on construction projects jointly liable for wages owed to employees of their subcontractors. It also allows contractors access to payroll information from subcontractors and withhold payment if the information is not provided.
  • Legislation (S.6350-A/A.7434-A) Requires the Payment of Prevailing Wage to Building Service Employees at Co-Cops and Condos that Receive the 467-a Tax Abatement. This legislation requires the payment of prevailing wages to building service employees at co-ops and condos that receive tax abatements under section 467a of the tax law. The New York State Department of Labor has the power to conduct an investigation and hearing and file a final determination to enforce the law and make sure employees are properly paid.
  • Legislation (S.4049/A.5678) Extends Shared Work Benefits. This legislation changes the cap on Shared Work Benefits from 26 straight weeks to an amount of time equal to 26 weeks' worth of benefits. The shared work program allows employers to keep employees and avoid layoffs by allowing staff members to receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours. This ultimately preserves jobs and benefits employers and employees.

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