Military Leave. Chapter 495, signed on August 16, 2006 and effective immediately, allows
spouses of members of the U.S. armed forces, national guard, or reserves who
have been deployed during a period of military conflict to take up to 10 days
of unpaid leave. It also bars employers from retaliating against those who seek
such leave. The new right applies to public and private employers of 20 or
more, and to employees who work 20 or more hours per week.
Employees may take the leave only when the military spouse is
on leave. The bill also explicitly states that it doesn't prevent employers
from providing leave under any other provision of law, and that it doesn't
affect those other leaves.
Among the employment-related bills the governor has vetoed
Job Listings. Assembly Bill 173, the New York State Job Listing Act, would have required all
employers of over 20 who are performing work on state contracts valued at
$2,500 or more, or who are receiving state economic development aid or tax
reductions, to list all job vacancies for which those employers would have used
the state Labor Department's job listings or jobseeking services.
Charity Care Disclosures. Senate Bill (SB) 6682 would have required recipients of public or
charity health care to disclose information about their employers, and also
required the state Labor Department to publish annual listings of employers
whose employees resort to public health care.
Healthy New York. SB
8448 would have set up a pilot project allowing union health plans to tap into
Healthy New York, a program that offers affordable insurance coverage to small
businesses, uninsured working individuals, and sole proprietors.