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A03958 Summary:

BILL NOA03958
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08739
 
SPONSORDinowitz
 
COSPNSRGalef, Seawright
 
MLTSPNSRSepulveda
 
Add 224, Eld L
 
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.
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A03958 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A3958
 
SPONSOR: Dinowitz (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to the provision of guides containing best practices for retaining employees who are informal care- givers   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To make materials available to employers in New York state on the issue of informal caregiving by employees.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 adds a new section 224 to the elder law to establish the informal caregivers in the workplace program, which will be a joint New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) and Department of Labor (DOL) to develop and update a guide for businesses in the State that contain best practices for retaining and assisting employees who are also informal caregivers. Section 2 provides for an effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Recent studies indicate that if we were to quantify that value of informal caregiving as a part of our healthcare system, it would account for well over $20 billion each year. Many employers and employees at some point have to care for a disabled parent, spouse, or child, and in many cases are unable to appropriately assist employees in this situ- ation. What this bill attempts to do is develop and disseminate materi- als to employees and employers about informal caregiving, how it impacts their businesses, and how businesses can support their caregiving employees.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-16 - A.294 - Ordered To Third Reading Ca1.21/S.478- Referred to Aging 2013-14 - A.442 - Passed Assembly/S.146- Referred to Aging 2011-12 - A.1902 - Held for consideration in Ways and Means/S.1897- Committed to Rules 2009-10- A.8233- Ordered to 3rd reading Cal. No. 95   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A03958 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          3958
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    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:
 
     1    Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a  new  section  224  to
     2  read as follows:
     3    §  224.  Informal  caregivers  in the workplace program. 1. The office
     4  shall, in conjunction with the department of labor, and in  consultation
     5  with   community  based  organizations  representing  the  interests  of
     6  informal caregivers around the state, develop and  update  on  a  yearly
     7  basis  a  guide  for  businesses in the state that contains current best
     8  practices for retaining employees who are also informal  caregivers  and
     9  information for supporting such employees so they can achieve effective-
    10  ness both in and out of the workplace.
    11    2.  Such  guide  shall be available on the websites of the office, the
    12  department of labor and the department of state. Businesses that  obtain
    13  certification or licensure from the department of labor or department of
    14  state  shall be provided with a link to the guide provided for in subdi-
    15  vision one of this section, or a paper copy upon request, when the busi-
    16  ness applies for such certification or licensure. A nominal fee  may  be
    17  charged  for  paper  copies provided to individuals who are not business
    18  owners.
    19    § 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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