Palumbo Critical of Governor’s New “On-Call Scheduling” Proposal

November 14, 2017

Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) lashed out at the governor today in regard to his “On-call Scheduling” proposal, which was announced last week. The proposal makes businesses accountable for canceling shifts and requires them to pay workers while they are on call.

“This is yet another crippling measure designed to hold back New York’s businesses,” said Palumbo. “New York is already known as having one of the most unfriendly business climates in the country; more regulations will only make this worse. With the minimum wage hike kicking in throughout the state in the coming months, this is more added stress to small businesses that are already struggling to stay afloat here.”

The Proposed legislation would revise the call-in pay requirements to include but not limited to:

  • Any employee who by request or permission of the employer reports for work on any shift, or if the shift is cancelled within 72 hours of the scheduled start of the shift shall be paid for at least four hours call-in pay.
  • Any employee who by request or permission of the employer reports to work for any shift for hours that have not been scheduled at least 14 days in advance of the shift shall be paid and additional two hours of call-in pay.
  • Any employee who by request or permission of the employer is required to be available to report to work for any shift, or who by request or permission of the employer is required to be in contact with an employer within 72 hours of start of the shift to confirm whether to report to work shall be paid for at least four hours of call-in pay.

“These new regulations show how out-of-touch the governor really is,” said Palumbo. “These types of policies only come from someone who has never had to deal with making payroll before taking a paycheck himself. The continued bludgeoning of small-businesses makes absolutely no sense in this current climate particularly since these progressive policies, intended to appeal to the so-called “millennials,” have already sent Detroit and Chicago into bankruptcy. We are now approaching critical mass in New York and I prefer to get off of the Bankruptcy Express that Bill DeBlasio and the Governor have chosen to ride on.”