JULY 2, 2013
CITY COUNCIL OVERRIDES MAYORAL VETO OF PAID SICK LEAVE LAW
Last week, the New York City Council overrode a veto by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to pass a law that would require businesses to offer paid sick leave for their workers. The benefit would go into effect in 2014 for employees of businesses with 20 or more workers and at a later date for smaller employers.
The new Paid Sick Leave Law may directly impact the construction industry, depending on individual association collective bargaining agreements. According to the law, its provisions may not apply to any employee covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement if the provisions are waived in the collective bargaining agreement. In discussions with the City Council, the BTEA was able to amend the bill to include waiver language that “such agreement provides for a comparable benefit for the employees covered by such agreement in the form of paid days off; such paid days off shall be in the form of leave, compensation, other employee benefits or some combination thereof. Comparable benefits shall include, but are not limited to vacation time, personal time, sick time and holiday and Sunday time pay at premium rates."
CONSTRUCTION SIGN BILL PASSED BY CITY COUNCIL, MAYOR EXPECTED TO SIGN LEGISLATION
The New York City Council recently passed Int. 1003-A, “A Local Law to Amend the Administrative Code…in Relation to Construction Sites with Fences or Sheds…”
Int. 1003-A would require construction fences to display a detailed construction information panel, a single work permit and use of a uniform green color on all fences and sidewalk sheds. The legislation would permit the limited display of signage belonging to contractors.
The implementation date for Int. 1003-A is July 1, 2013. The New York City Department of Buildings has indicated that this legislation will apply to sites taking out new permits or renewing permits after July 1. The BTEA is in the process of scheduling an informational seminar with the New York City Department of Buildings on this legislation during the next month. Please look out for further details on this seminar.
LOCAL LAW 1 MWBE PROGRAM TO BE IMPLEMENTED ON JULY 1
Local Law 1 of 2013, which revised New York City’s MWBE program, is scheduled for implementation on July 1, 2013. This law now eliminates the $1 million cap on contracts for which participation goals will apply and increases the overall number and value of contracts to which participation goals apply. Local Law 1 also adjusts the percentage goals of various MWBE target groups and establishes participation goals for women in construction services. The law also requires that the New York City Department of Small Business Services expands and enhances its online directory of certified MWBE firms and performs site visits in connection with the certification.
BTEA RECEIVES SAFETY TRAINING FUNDING FOR 2013-2014
The BTEA has been awarded a grant of almost $75,000 from the New York State Occupational Safety and Health Hazard Abatement Board for the period August 1, 2013-July 31, 2014. The grant will be utilized by the BTEA to provide “free” construction safety training. A schedule for the classes is currently being developed and will be made available in the next few weeks. For more information on this program, please contact Carol Karlin of the BTEA at firstname.lastname@example.org.