Bill S1023-2013

Provides additional compensation to certain city employees who possess and use foreign languages in performance of duties

Provides additional compensation to certain city employees who possess or make substantial use of foreign languages in the performance of official duties; further creates the "language services program" and a language services director to implement the program.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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BILL NUMBER:S1023

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to providing additional compensation to certain employees

PURPOSE:

To provide additional salary compensation to certain municipal police department employees who possess or utilize a foreign language in the performance of their duties.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill amends the general municipal law to authorize the adoption of a local law by a city with a population of one hundred thousand or more to create a language services program that would provide additional compensation in an amount not less than five percent of the base salary to qualified police department employees.

Section two of the bill establishes the date on which the bill, if enacted into law, would take effect.

EXISTING LAW:

New law.

JUSTIFICATION:

With the significant influx of immigrants into the state, it is imperative that municipalities provide economic incentives to foreign language speaking police officers in order to succeed at recruiting and retaining such officers and better serving the state's increasingly diverse communities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2007-08: S.8417 Serrano - Referred to Rules 2009-10: Passed Assembly & Died in Senate: Referred to Local Government 2011-12: S.2721

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the first of October next succeeding the day on which it shall become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1023 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. SERRANO, ADAMS, PERKINS, RIVERA, SMITH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to providing additional compensation to certain employees THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new section 209-ff to read as follows: S 209-FF. SALARY COMPENSATION FOR EMPLOYEES OF A POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH CERTAIN LANGUAGE SKILLS. 1. A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND OR MORE IS AUTHORIZED TO ADOPT A LOCAL LAW TO CREATE A PROGRAM TO BE KNOWN AS THE "LANGUAGE SERVICES PROGRAM", WHICH PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION IN AN AMOUNT OF NOT LESS THAN FIVE PERCENT OF THE BASE SALARY OF ANY EMPLOYEE OF A POLICE DEPARTMENT WHO QUALIFIES FOR SUCH ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION UNDER THIS SECTION. 2. THE COMMISSIONER, SUPERINTENDENT OR CHIEF OF POLICE, WHERE APPLICA- BLE, OF A POLICE DEPARTMENT IN A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND OR MORE WHICH HAS ADOPTED A LOCAL LAW TO CREATE A LANGUAGE SERVICES PROGRAM AS DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL DESIGNATE A LANGUAGE SERVICES PROGRAM DIRECTOR. THE DUTIES OF SUCH PROGRAM DIRECTOR SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) DETERMINING QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE LANGUAGE SERVICES PROGRAM, WHICH QUALIFICATIONS SHALL INCLUDE SATISFYING THE REQUIREMENTS OF A PUBLIC CONTACT PERSON AS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION; (B) CREATING AN APPLICATION PROCESS FOR ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE SKILLS COMPENSATION; (C) DEFINING WHICH FOREIGN LANGUAGES SHALL QUALIFY UNDER THIS PROGRAM; (D) SETTING LANGUAGE SKILLS AND PROFICIENCY STANDARDS WHICH APPLICANTS MUST DEMONSTRATE TO QUALIFY;
(E) MAINTAINING A RECORD OF PUBLIC CONTACT POSITIONS; (F) KEEPING A RECORD OF ALL EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE QUALIFIED TO RECEIVE LANGUAGE SKILLS PAY; (G) INFORMING EMPLOYEES WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF THE PROGRAM; AND (H) DISTRIBUTING TO ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT INFORMATION REGARDING THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR SUCH PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR SHALL IDENTIFY THOSE POSITIONS WITHIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT ARE TO BE DESIGNATED AS PUBLIC CONTACT POSITIONS. THE DECISION OF THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR AS TO THE CLASSIFICATION OF SUCH A POSITION IS FINAL. 3. A PUBLIC CONTACT PERSON SHALL BE DEFINED AS A SWORN OR CIVILIAN POSITION WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHEREIN THIRTY PERCENT OR MORE OF THE ASSIGNED WORK OF SUCH PERSON INVOLVES DIRECT COMMUNICATION WITH THE PUBLIC. SUCH POSITIONS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, PATROL OFFICERS, POLICE COMMUNICATION DISPATCHERS, INVESTIGATORS, DETECTIVES, AND OTHER SUCH POSITIONS AS DETERMINED BY THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of October next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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