Requires the provision of guides containing best practices for retaining employees who are informal caregivers; provides that such guide shall be available on the websites of the state office for the aging, the department of labor and the department of state.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to the provision of guides containing best practices for retaining employees who are informal caregivers
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To make materials available to employers in New York state on the issue of informal caregiving by employees.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends the Elder Law by adding a new section 224. Establishes the informal caregivers in the workplace program. provides that the New York State Office for the Aging, in conjunction with the Department of Labor, shall develop and update a guide for businesses in the State that contain best practices for retaining and assisting employees who are also informal caregivers.
Section 2. Effective Date
EXISTING LAW: None.
JUSTIFICATION: Recent studies indicate that if we were to quantify that value of informal caregiving as a part of our healthcare system, it would account for well over $20 billion each year. Many employers and employees at some point have to care for a disabled parent, spouse, or child, and in many cases are unable to appropriately assist employees in this situation. What this bill attempts to do is develop and disseminate materials to employees and employers about informal caregiving, how it impacts their businesses, and how businesses can support their caregiving employees.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.1897 - Notice of Committee Consideration Requested, Discharged, Committed to Rules/A/1902 - Held for Consideration in Ways and Means 2011: S.1897 - Discharged from Aging Committed to Civil Service and Pensions/A.1902 - Reported Referred to Ways and Means 2009-10: A.8233 - Died on Third Reading Calendar
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 147 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. DIAZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to the provision of guides containing best practices for retaining employees who are informal caregivers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a new section 224 to read as follows: S 224. INFORMAL CAREGIVERS IN THE WORKPLACE PROGRAM. 1. THE OFFICE SHALL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AND IN CONSULTATION WITH COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTING THE INTERESTS OF INFORMAL CAREGIVERS AROUND THE STATE, DEVELOP AND UPDATE ON A YEARLY BASIS A GUIDE FOR BUSINESSES IN THE STATE THAT CONTAINS CURRENT BEST PRACTICES FOR RETAINING EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ALSO INFORMAL CAREGIVERS AND INFORMATION FOR SUPPORTING SUCH EMPLOYEES SO THEY CAN ACHIEVE EFFECTIVE- NESS BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE WORKPLACE. 2. SUCH GUIDE SHALL BE AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITES OF THE OFFICE, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. BUSINESSES THAT OBTAIN CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OR DEPARTMENT OF STATE SHALL BE PROVIDED WITH A LINK TO THE GUIDE PROVIDED FOR IN SUBDI- VISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, OR A PAPER COPY UPON REQUEST, WHEN THE BUSI- NESS APPLIES FOR SUCH CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE. A NOMINAL FEE MAY BE CHARGED FOR PAPER COPIES PROVIDED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOT BUSINESS OWNERS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01056-01-3