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A06592 Summary:

COSPNSRDe La Rosa, Wallace, Colton, Carroll, Reyes, DenDekker, Taylor, McMahon, Ramos, Nolan, Jaffee, DeStefano, Bronson, Perry, Lentol
Amd 592, Lab L
Relates to decreasing the length of the suspension period applicable to certain individuals who lose their jobs due to a labor dispute, such as a strike, and who seek to obtain unemployment insurance benefits; decreases the suspension period from seven consecutive weeks to seven consecutive calendar days; and permits the waiting period to be served during a suspension period.
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A06592 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to decreas- ing the length of the suspension period applicable to certain striking workers who seek to obtain unemployment insurance benefits   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: This bill reduces the amount of time that workers on strike must wait prior to receiving unemployment insurance benefits.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the the bill reduces, from seven consecutive weeks to one week, the period during which the accumulation of unemployment benefit rights is suspended for a claimant who loses their employment due to strike or other industrial controversy, including concerted activity not authorized or sanctioned by the recognized or certified bargaining agent of the claimant, and other concerted activity conducted in violation of any existing collective bargaining agreement, in the establishment in which the claimant was employed. Section 1 also provides that the requisite waiting period may be served concurrently with the suspension period. Section 2 sets the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Currently, in New York State, workers on strike are permitted to receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. To be eligible for such benefits, though, striking workers must wait until after the expiration of a 49-day suspension period. This suspension period is not imposed on other unemployed people seeking UI benefits. Furthermore, all UI benefits claimants must serve an unpaid waiting period of one full week before benefits are paid; for workers on strike, this 1-week waiting period commences upon the expiration of the 49-day suspension period. Requiring workers on strike to wait seven weeks before they are eligible to claim UI benefits places an undue financial hardship on workers exer- cising their legally guaranteed rights to organize, bargain collective- ly, and strike. By aligning the amount of time that a UI benefits claim- ant on strike must wait with the waiting period applicable to other claimants, the financial hardship experienced by striking workers will be lessened.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act takes effect immediately.
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