Bills Regarding Labor Practices Presently Before New York Legislature
In most cases, employees who have been permanently injured in the workplace are compensated at a rate that amounts to far less than their previous annual income. For those classified with a total permanent disability, this can cause serious financial difficulties due to incurred costs stemming from continuous specialty health care services provided to ensure a measure of comfort and quality of life According to data obtained from the New York State Workers` Compensation Board, only an estimated 350 employees per year are classified as having a permanent total disability. Considering how few are actually classified in this category and acknowledging the extreme nature of these injuries, a reasonable cost-of-living increase based on 50% of the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index is justified.
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To raise the state minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.75 on and after 1/1/2003; provides for increase on or before 1/1/2004 and annually thereafter based on increases in CPI
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Enacts the "unemployed health insurance protection plan of New York" to provide health insurance coverage for unemployed persons receiving unemployment benefits; provides that such health insurance coverage is to be provided exclusively by an insurer selected on a bidding process established by the unemployment health insurance advisory board, herein created; also provides that the premiums for such coverage, at the participants request, are to come directly out of unemployment insurance benefits; makes numerous related provisions.
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This act is needed to prevent any discrimination that might occur by an employer against an employee because the employee chose to exercise their duty and privilege of serving on a jury. In the past, an employer could not penalize or discharge an employee who served on a jury. This act would further clarify the law, allowing more employees to feel more secure in fulfilling their obligation, thereby allowing more persons to participate in the jury process. In turn, this would give our juries a greater cross-section of the population and make juries more representative of society. This act would also allow for civil penalties and civil action against employers which will help to ensure that employers do not penalize, discharge or discriminate against those employees who are called to serve on juries.
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Labor Law S 591 provides that a claimant must be totally unemployed in order to be eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits. The interpretation of this statute has resulted in the inequitable situation where an individual laid off from factory employment was denied unemployment insurance benefits on the basis of their performing odd jobs around a relative`s farm even though they received no payment for this labor and had no ownership interest on the farm. The result of this interpretation acts to discourage work performed by family members upon a farm and unfairly disqualifies them for unemployment insurance benefits. This unintended result runs contrary to the often stated state policy of preserving family farms and strengthening agriculture in New York.
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