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A08108 Summary:

COSPNSRSimone, Anderson, Epstein, Shimsky, Clark, Simon, Davila
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Establishes workplace readiness week to educate minors in relation to their workplace rights; requires eleventh and twelfth graders to receive education on workplace rights; requires a document on workplace rights to be provided to any minor seeking working papers.
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A08108 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    October 13, 2023
        Introduced  by  M. of A. GONZALEZ-ROJAS -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing  a  work-
          place readiness week for secondary school students
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 818 to
     2  read as follows:
     3    § 818. Workplace readiness  week.  1.  The  week  of  each  year  that
     4  includes  April  twenty-eighth  shall  be  known as "workplace readiness
     5  week". All public high schools, including charter schools, shall annual-
     6  ly observe that week by  providing  information  to  students  on  their
     7  rights  as workers. The topics covered shall include, but not be limited
     8  to, all of the following:
     9    (a) local, state, and federal laws regarding  each  of  the  following
    10  issues:
    11    (i) prohibitions against misclassification of employees as independent
    12  contractors;
    13    (ii) child labor;
    14    (iii) wage and hour protections;
    15    (iv) worker safety;
    16    (v) workers' compensation;
    17    (vi) unemployment insurance;
    18    (vii)  paid sick leave, paid family leave, and state disability insur-
    19  ance;
    20    (viii) the right to organize a union in the workplace; and
    21    (ix) prohibitions against retaliation by employers when workers  exer-
    22  cise these or any other rights guaranteed by law;
    23    (b)  the labor movement's role in winning the protections and benefits
    24  described in paragraph (a) of this subdivision; and
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (c) an introduction to state-approved apprenticeship programs  in  New
     2  York,  how  to  access  them, the variety of programs available, and how
     3  they can provide an alternative career path for those who do not  attend
     4  university or college.
     5    2.  For students in grades eleven and twelve, the observances required
     6  by subdivision one of this section shall be integrated into the  regular
     7  school  program,  consistent with the history/social science curriculum,
     8  but may also include special events after  regular  school  hours.  This
     9  integration  is  encouraged, but not required, to occur during workplace
    10  readiness week.
    11    3. (a) Beginning August first, two  thousand  twenty-four,  any  minor
    12  seeking  working  papers  in  order to be employed in the state shall be
    13  issued, before or at the time of receiving such working papers, a  docu-
    14  ment clearly explaining basic labor rights extended to workers.
    15    (b)  Topics covered in this document shall include, but not be limited
    16  to, those topics identified in paragraph (a) of subdivision one of  this
    17  section.
    18    (c)  The  New  York  state school of industrial and labor relations at
    19  Cornell university is encouraged to produce, with input from  bona  fide
    20  labor organizations, a draft template for the document to be provided to
    21  minors,  including translations into other languages, including, but not
    22  limited to, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean.
    23    (d) Such document shall express these labor rights in  plain,  natural
    24  terminology easily understood by the student.
    25    (e)  The  document  shall  be  in a physical form in English and shall
    26  include both a Uniform Resource Locator for, and a quick  response  code
    27  linked to, an internet website with electronic versions of the document,
    28  and  any  translated  versions of the document, produced by the New York
    29  state school of industrial and labor  relations  at  Cornell  university
    30  pursuant to paragraph (c) of this subdivision.
    31    4.  The  commissioner  shall annually send a written notice, detailing
    32  the requirements of workplace readiness week and how teachers may access
    33  related instructional materials and other  resources,  to  every  public
    34  high school, including charter schools, in the state, at least one month
    35  before workplace readiness week.
    36    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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