Bill S1257A-2011

Relates to developing and implementing programs to prevent workplace violence in public schools

Relates to developing and implementing programs to prevent workplace violence in public schools.

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  • Jan 25, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 1257A
  • Jan 25, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LABOR
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO LABOR
  • Jan 6, 2011: REFERRED TO LABOR

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BILL NUMBER:S1257A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to developing and implementing programs to prevent workplace violence in public schools

PURPOSE: This bill amends section 27-b of the Labor Law to include public schools within the provisions of current law designed to require public employers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: An amendment is made within section 27-b of the Labor law.

EXISTING LAW: In 2006, public schools were excluded as an 'employer' based on an established amendment within the Labor law. Since public schools are excluded as an employer, they do not have to develop and implement workplace violence protection programs.

JUSTIFICATION: Workplace violence is an increasingly visible element in today's workplaces. This bill would assist both employers and employees in ensuring a safe work environment.

Workplace violence is now one of the leading causes of death on the job in the united States and the leading cause of workplace fatalities for women. Enactment of this bill would require school districts, with at least 20 full-time permanent employees, to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence, must evaluate the potential risks of workplace violence that exist within their workplaces, and then develop and implement a written workplace violence prevention program to prevent and minimize the hazard of workplace violence to their employees.

Violence is a substantial contributor to occupational injury and death, and homicide has become the second leading cause of occupational injury death. Each week, an average of 20 workers are murdered and 18,000 are assaulted while at work or on duty. Nonfatal assaults result in millions of lost workdays and cost workers millions of dollars in lost wages.

Workplace violence is clustered in certain occupational settings, For example, the retail trade and service industries account for more than half of workplace homicides and 85% of nonfatal workplace assaults.

Taxicab drivers have the highest risk of workplace homicides of any occupational group. Workers in health care, community services, and retail settings are at increased risk of nonfatal assaults. Risk factors for workplace violence include dealing with the public, the exchange of money, and the delivery of services or goods, prevention strategies for minimizing the risk of workplace violence include (but are not limited to) cash-handling policies, physical separation of workers from customers, good lighting, security devices, escort services, and employee training.

A workplace violence prevention program should include a system for documenting incidents, procedures to be taken in the event of incidents, and open communication between employers and workers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: S.2124 Passed Labor Committee; Committed to Finance 2008-2009: S.2124 - Passed Labor Committee; Committed to Finance 2007-2008: S.6007 - Committed to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Fiscal implications of $287,000 for the Department of Labor and the hiring of three new inspectors.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law, with provisions.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1257--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 6, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. ADDABBO, GOLDEN, HUNTLEY, OPPENHEIMER, PARKER, PERALTA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor -- recommitted to the Committee on Labor in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to developing and implement- ing programs to prevent workplace violence in public schools THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 27-b of the labor law, as amended by chapter 504 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: a. "Employer" means: (1) the state; (2) a political subdivision of the state[, provided, however that this subdivision shall not mean any employer as defined in section twenty-eight hundred one-a of the educa- tion law]; (3) a public authority, a public benefit corporation, or any other governmental agency or instrumentality thereof; and (4) an author- ized agency as defined in paragraph (a) of subdivision ten of section three hundred seventy-one of the social services law that accepts chil- dren adjudicated delinquent under article three of the family court act. S 2. The provisions of this act shall not diminish the rights of employees pursuant to any law, rule, regulation or collective bargaining agreement. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate- ly, the addition, amendment, and/or repeal of any rule, regulation or guideline necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such date.

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