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A08462 Summary:

BILL NOA08462
 
SAME ASSAME AS S03191
 
SPONSORReyes
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add Art 21 750 - 754, Lab L
 
Relates to reporting of persuasion activities relating to the right to organize and bargain collectively.
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A08462 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8462
 
SPONSOR: Reyes
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to report- ing of persuasion activities relating to the right to organize and bargain collectively   PURPOSE: Establishes a reporting mechanism to disclose employer use of contrac- tors who persuade employees against supporting a union or otherwise exercising their rights to collectively bargain   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation would establish a reporting mechanism for an employer and contractors who engage in the practice of persuading employees against organizing and collectively bargaining. Employers would be required to disclose to the Department of Labor the hiring of such contractors within 30 days of employment. Contractors in the business of employee persuasion would be required to disclose their business arrangements on a yearly basis. Failure to report would be grounds for the recovery of civil penalties as set forth in this legislation.   JUSTIFICATION: It has become common practice for an employer who opposes a union organ- izing campaign to hire legal experts and/or communication strategists who are experienced in avoiding or preventing a union organizing campaign. These experts help an employer communicate anti-union thoughts to employees while staying within the legal boundaries of conduct allow- able by the National Labor Relations Act within a n organizing campaign. While New York may not legally interfere with the way in which organiz- ing campaigns are conducted, but there is no legal barrier for the state to require disclosure of the use of such consultants. Employees, share- holders, public officials, and members of the public have a right to know about an employer's use of these persuader contractors, and disclo- sure will help ensure transparency in this key area.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Small increase in revenue from civil penalties attached to this legis- lation.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Ninety days after becoming a law.
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