Urge your state legislators to co-sponsor workers' rights bills in New York
Workers deserve more rights
We live in a culture where corporations simply have too much power. Currently, they can:
- Ask us to sign away our rights
- Push us out of our jobs for any reason or no reason
- Work while grieving a loved one
- Check our credit in the hiring process
- Fail to conduct investigations for reports of sexual harassment
- Discriminate against those suffering from domestic violence
- Retaliate against injured workers
- Make it difficult for us to leave toxic workplaces when our healthcare is tied to our jobs
- Silence us when we've been abused
- Pay some workers below minimum wage
- Not grant sufficient sick leave amid COVID-19
- Conduct abusive scheduling practices
- Avoid accountability for discrimination through wages and promotions
- Steal wages
- Block public employees from striking
- Ask about our desired salary ranges, which has a discriminatory impact
- Verbally abuse and sabotage workers with zero accountability
We can change this toxic culture for workers through by passing these bills into law:
Benefits after employment separation, A2115
This bill will not disqualify an employee from receiving benefits for separation from employment in cases where the claimant's employer maintained or refused to cure a health or safety condition that made the environment unsuitable.
Bereavement leave, A2534
This bill will authorize paid family leave for bereavement.
Credit history, A5693
This bill will prohibit the use of credit history checks to ascertain the payment status of a student loan of an applicant for employment for the purposes of making hiring decisions except where otherwise mandated by law.
Domestic abuse, A4513
This bill will provide that an eligible employee may take two weeks of paid leave through the paid family leave program and an additional two weeks of unpaid leave during any 52 week calendar period as a result of being a victim of domestic or sexual abuse.
Employee monitoring, A6090
This bill will prohibit employers from requiring or requesting employees working at home to install monitoring software on the personal electronic device of such employee.
Labor negotiations, A5638
This bill will mandate that all negotiations between a governing board and a labor organization shall be in open session and available for the public to attend.
Paid family and medical leave, A4560, A5231, A6865, A6958
These bills will provide paid leave for fetal death, infant death, miscarriage, or abortion.
Paid time off, A2142
This bill will require that paid sick leave does not count against other paid time off.
Parental leave (Make Time for Parenting Act), A5047
This bill will grant leave to attend school conferences and classroom activities related to the employee's child without negative consequence.
Personnel records, A8008
This bill will grant employees access to personnel records; requires notice of negative information in such records and an opportunity for a review; permits employee to include certain information in personnel records.
PTSD and first responders, A4939
This bill will create benefits for police officers, correction officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel diagnosed with PTSD by making their injury compensable if it cannot be shown, by a preponderance of evidence, that the PTSD was caused by factors unrelated to their occupation.
Right to strike, A9115
This bill will make the right to strike an employee right.
Scheduling, S8108, A450, A461, A3145A
These bills will require employers of retail, food service, or cleaning employees to give such employees seven days' notice of their work schedule and a month's notice of the minimum hours of work. One will require the provision of care to persons requiring twenty-four hours of care take the form of non-sequential split shifts of twelve hours each. It provides a private right of action to employees who are aggrieved by certain violations of such provisions.
State enforcement authority (Empowering People in Rights Enforcement (EMPIRE) Worker Protection Act), A5876
This bill will relate 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.
Wage data reporting, A1988
This bill will require the department of labor to create an annual pay data report to compile statistics and information pertaining to employers that have 100+ employees and who are required to file an annual Employer Information Report pursuant to federal law.
Wage theft, A1992
This bill will ban individuals who have violated wage theft laws from bidding on public works projects.
Wage transparency, A6639
This bill will prohibit employers from asking job applicants about salary expectations and allow job applicants to request the wage scale and included benefits for the position they are applying for.
Whistleblower protections, A3233
This bill will enact provisions providing protection to employees from retaliatory actions by employers where such employees report improper business activities; applicable to employees who in good faith reasonably believe that an improper business activity has or will occur, based on information that the employees reasonably believe to be true; provides remedies and relief.
Women in high-wage, high-demand, nontraditional jobs grant program, A2319
This bill will create the women and high-wage, high-demand, nontraditional jobs grant program; encourages and assists women to enter high-wage, high-demand occupations including but not limited to trades, science, technology, engineering, and math.