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Governor’s Budget Proposes to Expand Bottle Bill

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal includes an expansion of the Bottle Bill to add sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit & vegetable drinks, and ready-to-drink coffees and teas. Wine and liquor bottles are not immediately included in the new, broader mandate, but a task force is created by the proposal to study how to expand the…

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More In the Governor’s Budget

The Governor also proposed banning single-use plastic bags, although the proposed ban would not apply to restaurants. There are quite a few proposed exemptions to the ban which could become controversial and subject to legislative action. There’s also a proposal to allow for adult use of cannabis (marijuana). One element of that proposal of note,…

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New Threat to Tip Credit Emerges

While we’re waiting for the Department of Labor to complete their review of the tip credit hearings and for the Governor to decide how he wants to respond, a new legislative proposal to eliminate the tip credit has emerged as a threat. State Senator Jessica Ramos and Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee last month introduced S1760-A1240 which…

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Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect December 31st

As I’m sure you know the next phase of the state’s multi-year march to a $15 minimum wage takes effect on December 31st. The annual increase in the minimum wage also triggers a review of the cash wage for tipped food service workers to determine if it increases (varies across New York State). It also…

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No News (Yet) on Tip Credit

As we go to press there is still no word on the outcome of the tip credit hearings. The Governor gave a speech outlining his top legislative priorities last week and this topic did not come up, which is good news, but it will need to be addressed before long. And even if the Governor…

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Workers’ Comp Group Celebrates 24th Consecutive Year of Discounts and Dividends

The Association’s Safety Group 554 and the Risk Management Planning Group, a York Risk Services Group Company (RMPG/York) recently celebrated its 24th consecutive year of declaring discounts and dividends to participating members of Safety Group 554. The group’s 25 percent upfront discount, average dividend of 36 percent, and proven track record and security of a…

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NYS Releases Final Guidance on New Sexual Harassment Prevention Law

The New York State Department of Labor has released finalized materials and guidance on New York State’s new sexual harassment prevention law. The law establishes protections from sexual harassment for employees, individuals working as contractors and others, such as visitors to your business – including your patrons. It imposes obligations on state officials, employers and…

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Training Schedule Revised

We’ve changed the location of the Buffalo and Melville training sessions and added a training session at Tompkins Cortland Community College since last month’s report. Our ABCs of the ABC Law seminar for owners & managers and our ATAP seminar for servers are now scheduled for: October 29                  Buffalo                        Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel October 30                 …

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Paid Sick Leave Law

The Westchester County Legislature approved, and the County Executive plans to sign a local law providing 40 hours of paid sick leave for most workers. The new law will require employers with five or more employees to provide at least an hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. This “earned sick leave…

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NYS Sexual Harassment Prevention Law…What You Need to Know

The 2018-19 state budget included new provisions to prevent sexual harassment. The law establishes protections from sexual harassment for employees, individuals working as contractors and others, such as visitors to your business – including your patrons. It imposes obligations on state officials, employers and government contractors. All employers are barred from using mandatory arbitration and…

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