Bill Text: NY A05631 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Relates to retaliatory personnel actions by employers.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 19-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-07-08 - print number 5631a [A05631 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A05631-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    February 14, 2019

        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  WEINSTEIN, SIMOTAS, DINOWITZ, GLICK, CAHILL,
          COLTON, TAYLOR, GRIFFIN -- Multi-Sponsored by  --  M.  of  A.  BARRON,
          MAGNARELLI, NIOU, SIMON -- read once and referred to the Committee  on
          Labor  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended, ordered reprinted as
          amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the labor law,  in  relation  to  retaliatory  personnel
          actions by employers

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1.  Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 740 of the labor
     2  law, as added by chapter 660 of the laws of 1984, is amended to read  as
     3  follows:
     4    (a) "Employee" means an individual who performs services for and under
     5  the control and direction of an employer for wages or other remuneration
     6  or natural persons employed as independent contractors to carry out work
     7  in  furtherance  of  an employer's business enterprise who are not them-
     8  selves employers.
     9    § 2. The opening paragraph and  paragraph  (a)  of  subdivision  2  of
    10  section  740 of the labor law, the opening paragraph as added by chapter
    11  660 of the laws of 1984 and paragraph (a) as amended by chapter  442  of
    12  the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows:
    13    An employer shall not take any retaliatory personnel action against an
    14  employee,  whether or not within the scope of the employee's job duties,
    15  because such employee does any of the following:
    16    (a) discloses, or threatens to disclose to a supervisor or to a public
    17  body an activity, policy or practice of the employer  [that]  which  the
    18  employee  reasonably believes is in violation of law, rule or regulation
    19  [which violation creates and presents] or which the employee  reasonably
    20  believes poses a substantial and specific danger to the public health or
    21  safety, or which constitutes health care fraud;

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    §  3.  Paragraph (c) of subdivision 4 of section 740 of the labor law,
     2  as added by chapter 660 of the laws of  1984,  is  amended  to  read  as
     3  follows:
     4    (c)  It  shall  be  a  defense  to any action brought pursuant to this
     5  section that the personnel action was predicated upon grounds other than
     6  the employee's exercise of any rights protected  by  this  section.  [It
     7  shall  also be a defense that the individual was an independent contrac-
     8  tor.]
     9    § 4. Paragraphs (b), (d) and (e) of subdivision 5 of  section  740  of
    10  the  labor law, as added by chapter 660 of the laws of 1984, are amended
    11  to read as follows:
    12    (b) the reinstatement of the employee to the same position held before
    13  the retaliatory personnel action, or to an equivalent position, or front
    14  pay in lieu thereof;
    15    (d) the compensation for lost wages, benefits and other  remuneration;
    16  [and]
    17    (e)  the  payment  by the employer of reasonable costs, disbursements,
    18  and attorney's fees; and
    19    (f) the payment by the employer of punitive damages, if the  violation
    20  was willful, malicious or wanton.
    21    §  5.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
    22  have become a law; provided, however, that  effective  immediately,  the
    23  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation necessary
    24  for the implementation of this act on its effective date are  authorized
    25  to  be  made by the commissioner of labor of the state of New York on or
    26  before such effective date.