Enacts the "state workforce injury reduction act"; requires state agencies to submit a written action plan for reducing occurrences of injuries in the coming year to the governor and the legislature.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil service law, in relation to enacting the "state workforce injury reduction act"
PURPOSE OF BILL: To ensure that agencies seriously examine injuries to their employees and formulate ways to prevent similar injuries from occurring in the future.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill names the act the "state workforce injury reduction act".
Section 2 of the bill amends section 7 of the civil service law by adding a new subdivision 7 that requires each state agency referenced in the annual report issued by the president of the civil service commission pursuant to this section to write and submit an action plan with participation from employee representatives for reducing occurrences of such injuries in the coming year.
Section 3 requires the act to take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently the president of the New York State Department of Civil Service produces an annual report describing occupational injuries, illnesses, and workers' compensation claims for each state agency. However, there is no requirement that agencies respond to the report with a plan for reducing the kinds of injuries identified in the report. This legislation would ensure that agencies work with employee representatives to seriously examine injuries to their employees and formulate ways to prevent similar injuries from occurring in the future.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011 - 2012: 5.1245 - Referred to Civil Services & Pensions
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: Minimal costs, but less worker compensation claims as a result of the passage of this legislation will result in savings to New York State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1934 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Civil Service and Pensions AN ACT to amend the civil service law, in relation to enacting the "state workforce injury reduction act" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "state workforce injury reduction act". S 2. Section 7 of the civil service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows: 7. EACH STATE AGENCY REFERENCED IN THE ANNUAL REPORT ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENT PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION SIX OF THIS SECTION SHALL WITHIN THIR- TY DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF SUCH REPORT SUBMIT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPO- RARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY A WRITTEN ACTION PLAN FOR REDUCING OCCURRENCES OF SUCH INJURIES IN THE COMING YEAR. STATE AGENCIES WILL PROVIDE FOR EMPLOYEE PARTICIPATION THROUGH AN AUTHORIZED EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATIVE WHEN PREPARING AND IMPLEMENTING SUCH WRITTEN ACTION PLANS. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04969-01-3