Summary of the New York State Labor Code of 2022

As 2022 drew to a close and 2023 began, New York Gov. Hochul was busy reviewing bills that had passed throughout the year but were not presented to her for signature until after the November election. Both chambers of the New York State Legislature approved a total of 1,007 bills during the 2022 regular legislative session, a “modern record,” according to this Dec. 20, 2022 interim report from the New York State Association of Counties. The governor approved much of this legislation but rejected some measures.

The record-breaking 2021-2022 Legislative Session included numerous measures affecting private employers in upstate New York. Here is a partial list of bills approved by the New York State Assembly and Senate, along with their fate at the governor’s desk:

Invoice Number.

Theme

status

Effective Date

P. 5870 / A. 7101

Forbidden Retaliation expanded

Legally signed

March 16, 2022

March 16, 2022

P. 812B / A. 2035B

Toll-free sexual harassment hotline

Legally signed

March 16, 2022

July 14, 2022

P. 8529 / A. 9513

Extension of COVID-19 vaccination leave

Legally signed

June 28, 2022

Until December 31, 2023

p. 1958A / A. 8092B

“lawful absence” protection

Signed November 21, 2022

February 19, 2023

P. 4844-B / A. 1236A

Lactation Rights in the Workplace

Legally signed

December 9, 2022

June 7, 2023

P. 6805 / A. 7595

Requirement that certain required workplace communications be provided electronically

Signed December 16, 2022

December 16, 2022

P.8922A / A.10020A

Warehouse Worker Protection Act

Legally signed

December 21, 2022

February 19, 2023

P.9427A / A.10477

Nationwide Pay Transparency Act

Legally signed

December 21, 2022

September 17, 2023

p. 1997A / A. 286A

Restrictions on consecutive hours for nurses

Signed December 30, 2022

February 28, 2023

p. 768 / A. 1118

Clarification of the definition of “temporary total disability” in the Employee Compensation Act

Veto on December 30, 2022

N / A

P. 9149 / A. 10349

Justice for Injured Workers Act, Eliminating the Collateral Effect of Workers Comp Board Decisions,

Signed December 30, 2022

December 30, 2022

P. 9450 / A. 10492

NY HERO Act Amendments to Require Employers to Acknowledge Establishment of Occupational Safety Committee Within Five Business Days; will incur a $50 per day penalty until the violation is corrected.

Signed December 28, 2022

December 28, 2022

P. 2239 / A. 5773

Requiring government contractors to submit equal pay disclosure reports

Veto on December 23, 2022

N / A

Some seeds that lawmakers planted in 2021 will also bear fruit at the beginning of the new year. As we previously reported, on January 1, 2023, an expanded definition of “family member” went into effect under the New York Paid Family Leave Act (PFL). Additionally, the employee contribution rate for the PFL program is changing for 2023, as we have explained here.

Employers should also keep in mind that the New York State Minimum Wage Law, which was introduced to gradually bring the statewide minimum wage to a rate of $15 an hour, provides increases for workers outside of New York City, Long Island and Westchester which came into force on December 31, 2022. In those locations, the minimum hourly rate increased by a dollar to $14.20 for most workers and $16.20 for home care workers in those areas. Also note that as of October 1, 2022, home care workers in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester are entitled to a minimum wage of $17.00 per hour, an hourly rate that exceeds the general minimum wage in those locations by two dollars.

Employers in New York should keep up to date with updates from regulatory agencies such as the New York Department of Labor and the New York State Division of Human Rights.

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