Establishes the summer employment program for youths between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to be administered by the labor department; provides local community-based organizations and government entities shall be eligible to receive funds under this program; provides such employment positions to be from the public and non-profit sectors.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to establishing the summer employment program
PURPOSE: The bill establishes the summer employment program for the purpose of engaging local providers in the development of summer employment for youth, and provides for yearly funding for the program.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 provides the legislative findings and declaration.
Section 2 establishes a new Article 25-C in the labor law, which provides a framework for the summer employment program. The Commissioner of the Department of Labor is directed to establish contracts with local providers to provide summer employment for youth ages 14 to 21. Provides that local workforce investment boards will develop and issue request for proposals for local eligible providers by November 1, 2014, and triennially thereafter. Also Provides for a report to be issued to the Governor and the Legislature on or before December 1, 2015 and on or before every subsequent December first thereafter.
Section 3 provides for an effective date of April 1, 2014.
EXISTING LAW: Currently, the summer employment program is not in law, and is funded on a year-to-year basis.
JUSTIFICATION: Summer employment is an important formative activity for Youth as they make transitions between middle and high school and into employment or postsecondary education. The summer months provide an ideal time frame during which youth can earn money and experience the world of work without placing limitations on the time that can, and should, be spent preparing for and attending classes. Employment provides an opportunity for young people to gain interpersonal and employability skills, including team building, conflict resolution and problem solving. These skills are complementary to academic activity and will serve employers well in the future when they have a pool of job candidates who are experienced with workplace expectations.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2001: A.8372 (Scarborough) passed Assembly; delivered to Senate 2002: A.8372-A (Scarborough) amended on third reading; passed Assembly and delivered to Senate 2003-2004: A.7897-A (Scarborough) referred to labor; amended and recommit to labor 2005-2006: A.4543 (Scarborough) referred to labor; reported and referred to ways and means 2007-2008: S.3312 (Smith) referred to labor 2009-2010: S.2236A (Perkins) Amended and recommitted to labor. S.4337 2011-2012 referred to Labor
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1, 2014
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2866 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 24, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. SMITH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to establishing the summer employment program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings and declaration. The legislature finds and declares that summer employment is an important formative activity for youth as they make transitions between middle and high school and into employment or post-secondary education. The legislature also finds that the summer months provide an ideal time frame during which youth can earn money and experience the world of work without placing limita- tions on the time that can, and should, be spent preparing for and attending classes. The legislature also finds that employment for youth can be valued not only in terms of the work performed but also in relation to the enhanced self-esteem of participants that comes, in part, from earned income. The legislature also finds that employment provides an opportunity for young people to gain interpersonal and employability skills, including team building, conflict resolution and problem solving, that are comple- mentary to academic activity and that will serve employers well in the future when they have a pool of job candidates who are experienced with workplace expectations. Therefore the legislature declares that a summer employment program would have significant benefit for both participants and employers. S 2. The labor law is amended by adding a new article 25-C to read as follows: ARTICLE 25-C SUMMER EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM SECTION 862. SHORT TITLE. 862-A. ADMINISTRATION.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07227-01-3 S. 2866 2
862-B. PROGRAM. 862-C. PROVIDERS. 862-D. USE OF FUNDS. 862-E. REPORTING AND EVALUATION. S 862. SHORT TITLE. THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS THE "SUMMER EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM". S 862-A. ADMINISTRATION. 1. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL FORMULATE AND ESTABLISH A SUMMER EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING YOUTH FOURTEEN TO TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE WITH PAID SUMMER EMPLOYMENT THROUGH CONTRACTS WITH LOCAL PROVIDERS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM PURSUANT TO SECTION EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY-TWO-C OF THIS ARTICLE. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DO THE FOLLOWING: A. INSTRUCT LOCAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS TO DEVELOP AND ISSUE A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR LOCAL ELIGIBLE PROVIDERS TO PROVIDE SUMMER EMPLOYMENT NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN AND EACH NOVEMBER FIRST TRIENNIALLY THEREAFTER. PROPOSALS SHALL INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: (I) A DESCRIPTION OF THE JOBS TO BE DEVELOPED OR FILLED; AND (II) WAGES AND BENEFITS; B. NOTIFY LOCAL PROVIDERS NO LATER THAN MARCH FIRST OF EACH YEAR OF PROGRAM ALLOCATION AND ENSURE THAT PROGRAMS CAN RECRUIT AND ASSIGN PARTICIPANTS TO JOBS IN A TIMELY MANNER; AND C. PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO PROGRAM PROVIDERS AS APPROPRIATE. 2. THE PROGRAM SHALL BE ADMINISTERED INDEPENDENTLY OF ANY OTHER FEDER- ALLY-FUNDED YEAR-ROUND, BEFORE OR AFTER-SCHOOL, OR SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM AND PROGRAM FUNDS SHALL NOT BE USED TO SUPPLANT FUNDS OTHERWISE AVAIL- ABLE FROM ANY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL SOURCE. S 862-B. PROGRAM. 1. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES SUPPORTED THROUGH THE PROGRAM SHALL BE: A. POSITIONS IN THE PUBLIC OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT SECTORS; B. JOBS THAT EMPLOY INDIVIDUALS A MINIMUM OF TWENTY-FOUR HOURS PER WEEK; AND C. JOBS THAT ARE COMPLIANT WITH ALL STATE AND FEDERAL LABOR LAWS AND HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS. 2. PARTICIPATION SHALL BE LIMITED TO YOUTH FOURTEEN TO TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE. A. PRIORITY SHALL BE GIVEN TO THOSE YOUTH WHO ARE FOURTEEN TO FIFTEEN YEARS OF AGE. B. NOT LESS THAN SEVENTY PERCENT OF PARTICIPANTS SHALL BE FROM FAMI- LIES WITH INCOME AT OR BELOW TWO HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL. S 862-C. PROVIDERS. PROVIDERS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FUNDS UNDER THIS PROGRAM ARE LIMITED TO LOCAL COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENT ENTITIES AND WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS WITH PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN ADMIN- ISTERING AND PROVIDING SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICES. PREFERENCE SHALL BE GIVEN TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND FURTHER PREFERENCE SHALL BE GIVEN TO THOSE COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WITH DEMON- STRATED SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE IN PROVIDING YOUTH EMPLOYMENT. S 862-D. USE OF FUNDS. 1. FUNDS SHALL BE USED UNDER THIS ARTICLE FOR THE FOLLOWING: A. WAGES AND BENEFITS; B. TRANSPORTATION; C. CLOTHING ALLOWANCE INCLUDING FULL-COST OF UNIFORMS; AND D. TOOLS AND SUPPLIES. 2. NO MORE THAN TEN PERCENT OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE USED FOR ADMINISTRA- TIVE PURPOSES.S. 2866 3
S 862-E. REPORTING AND EVALUATION. ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN AND ON OR BEFORE EVERY SUBSEQUENT DECEMBER FIRST, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY ON THE IMPACT OF THE PROGRAM. SUCH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: 1. A DESCRIPTION OF THE SUMMER POSITIONS FILLED BY PROGRAM PARTIC- IPANTS INCLUDING: A. JOB TITLES; B. WAGES AND BENEFITS; AND C. NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS BY AGE. 2. LISTS OF EMPLOYERS BY LOCATION. S 3. This act shall take effect April 1, 2014.