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A08675 Summary:

Add §§218-c & 218-d, Lab L
Directs the commissioner of labor to create and distribute to employers a poster, pamphlet, or other written materials regarding mental health and wellness of employees to be posted in the workplace; directs voluntary guidelines for employers to put in place strategies and programs to support the mental health and wellness of their employees.
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A08675 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Gunther
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to workplace mental health   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require employers to provide employees with information on mental health issues and resources and to destigmatize mental health in the workplace.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill creates two new sections of the labor law. Section one of this bill adds a new section 218-c to the labor law to require that employers distribute written materials regarding mental health conditions and resources and have at least one poster or pamphlet posted within an easily accessible area within the workplace. The bill also requires the Commissioner of Labor to translate such written mate- rials in the six most common non-English languages spoken by individuals with limited-English proficiency in the state of New York. Section two of this bill adds a new section 218-d to the labor law to require the commissioners of labor and the office of mental health to create a regulatory framework with the goal to increase public awareness on mental health issues while minimizing the stigma of mental health within the workplace.   JUSTIFICATION: Adults spend most of their lives in the workplace. Due to increased pressures at work, the dissolution of home and work due to new technolo- gies allowing work from home, and the growing COVID-19 pandemic it is important now more than ever to focus on employee's mental health. Employees who undergo physical and mental health problems, also experi- ence reduced productivity levels at work. According to the World Health Organization at least one trillion dollars per year is spent in the global economy because of depression and anxiety. By providing mental health resources in the workplace and creating workplace websites, portals, and/or guidelines, these resources can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health by making it something common and established. As a result, this bill will provide employees with the proper tools to get the help they need while also showing employees that their mental health issues matter and are important and recognized by their employer.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: TBD.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This law will take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.
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