Bill S3398-2013

Relates to leave for cancer screening; repealer

Relates to leave for cancer screening; broadens section to include all types of cancer screening for a period of eight hours.

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Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS
  • Feb 1, 2013: REFERRED TO CIVIL SERVICE AND PENSIONS

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3398

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil service law, in relation to leave for cancer screening; and repealing certain provisions of such law relating thereto

PURPOSE OF BILL: This bill provides New York state employees with a maximum of eight hours of excused leave annually to obtain a screening for cancer.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends section 159-b of the Civil Service Law providing excused leave to undertake a screening for cancer. The current law provides leave for breast cancer screening (159-b) and prostate cancer screening (159-c).

This bill amends section 159-b to allow leave for screening for any type of cancer. It also increases the allowed leave to a maximum of eight fours from the current four hours.

Repeals section 159-C of the civil service law which is redundant once this bill is adopted.

JUSTIFICATION: Early detection of cancer is critical to treatment, survivorship and reduction of costs, but working men and women often lack the opportunity or incentive to undertake the necessary screening.

New York State would send a powerful message in the fight against cancer by encouraging its' employees to undertake a cancer screening. Cancer screening benefits the public as well as the employee by helping to avoid future medical costs.

The current law allows excused leave only for screening for breast cancer and prostate cancer. This is not a rational limitation since early detection and treatment can be beneficial for many types of cancer. Also, since prostate cancer occurs exclusively among men, this current statute creates a perception of unequal and discriminatory benefits.

Finally, employees in Some cases have found it difficult to travel to a doctor's office and complete the necessary cancer screening within the allowed four hours, hence the reasoning for the bill's increase of allowed leave time to eight hours.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011: S.4922 Referred to Civil Service and Pensions Committee 2012: S.4922 Referred to Civil Service and Pensions Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None. Costs of paid leave would be offset by reduced medical expenses.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it becomes law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3398 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 1, 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 leave for cancer screening; and repealing certain provisions of such law relating ther- eto THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The section heading and subdivision 1 of section 159-b of the civil service law, the section heading as amended by chapter 566 of the laws of 2006 and subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 391 of the laws of 2008, are amended to read as follows: Excused leave to undertake a screening for [breast] cancer. 1. Every public officer, employee of this state, employee of any county, employee of any community college, employee of any public authority, employee of any public benefit corporation, employee of any board of cooperative educational services (BOCES), employee of any vocational education and extension board, or a school district enumerated in section one of chap- ter five hundred sixty-six of the laws of nineteen hundred sixty-seven, employee of any municipality, employee of any school district or any employee of a participating employer in the New York state and local employees' retirement system or any employee of a participating employer in the New York state teachers' retirement system shall be entitled to absent himself or herself and shall be deemed to have a paid leave of absence from his or her duties or service as such public officer or employee of this state, employee of any county, employee of any communi- ty college, employee of any public authority, employee of any public benefit corporation, employee of any board of cooperative educational services (BOCES), employee of any vocational education and extension board, or a school district enumerated in section one of chapter five hundred sixty-six of the laws of nineteen hundred sixty-seven, employee of any municipality, employee of any school district, or any employee of
a participating employer in the New York state and local employees' retirement system or any employee of a participating employer in the New York state teachers' retirement system for a sufficient period of time, not to exceed [four] EIGHT hours on an annual basis, to undertake a screening for [breast] cancer. S 2. Section 159-c of the civil service law is REPEALED. S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.

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