Establishes the workforce guidance and information for women policy; requires the department of labor to provide guidance to local workforce investment boards and staff, to improve services and training for both women and men to qualify for higher paying jobs and careers; provides that such guidance shall promote program services for both women and men job seekers that provide: (a) current information about compensation for jobs and careers that offer high earning potential including jobs that traditionally employ predominantly men; (b) services such as counseling and skills development and training that encourage both women and men to seek employment in such jobs; and (c) referrals to employers offering such jobs.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Storobin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Espaillat, Huntley
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 9020--B IN ASSEMBLY January 13, 2012 ___________Introduced by M. of A. JAFFEE, PERRY, GIBSON, CASTRO, RA, SCARBOROUGH, ORTIZ, LIFTON, P. RIVERA, GUNTHER, ROBINSON, LUPARDO, BRINDISI, HOOP- ER, WRIGHT, COLTON -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ABINANTI, CROUCH, LANCMAN, LATIMER, LENTOL, MARKEY, McENENY, MILLMAN, NOLAN, RAIA, TENNEY, TITONE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Labor -- reported and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- again reported from said committee with amend- ments, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to workforce guidance and information for women THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature finds that women are increasingly responsible for the economic security of their families although more than a quarter of women-headed households in New York live below the poverty level. Working women earn 80% of what men earn and jobs traditionally held by women pay significantly less than jobs predominantly employing men. Workforce training programs have the poten- tial to narrow the wage gap through training for, and referral to, jobs that have higher earning potential. Many higher paying jobs are tradi- tionally dominated by men but could provide opportunities for women. It is the goal of the legislature that workforce training programs in New York assist women job seekers with information and services that will help increase their earnings by encouraging them to seek higher paying jobs and careers. S 2. The labor law is amended by adding a new section 10-c to read as follows: S 10-C. WORKFORCE GUIDANCE AND INFORMATION FOR WOMEN POLICY. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO LOCAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS AND STAFF, TO ENABLE THEM TO BETTER EDUCATE AND INFORM BOTH WOMEN AND MEN ABOUT HIGHER PAYING JOBS AND CAREERS INCLUDING JOBS TRADITIONALLY DOMINATED BY MEN. SUCH GUIDANCE SHALL PROMOTE PROGRAM SERVICES FOR JOB SEEKERS THAT PROVIDE:EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13679-04-2 A. 9020--B 2
(A) CURRENT INFORMATION ABOUT COMPENSATION FOR JOBS AND CAREERS THAT OFFER HIGH EARNING POTENTIAL INCLUDING JOBS THAT ARE TRADITIONALLY DOMI- NATED BY MEN; (B) COUNSELING, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING THAT ENCOURAGE BOTH WOMEN AND MEN TO SEEK EMPLOYMENT IN SUCH JOBS; (C) REFERRALS TO EMPLOYERS OFFERING SUCH JOBS; AND (D) CURRENT LOCAL LABOR MARKET INFORMATION REGARDING THE GENDER WAGE GAP AND SPECIFIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY RATES FOR FAMILIES LIVING AND WORKING IN THAT LOCAL LABOR MARKET. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.