Bill S4767-2013

Relates to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel job protection

Relates to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel job protection.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO LABOR
  • Apr 23, 2013: REFERRED TO LABOR

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BILL NUMBER:S4767

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel job protection

PURPOSE: This legislation would provide job protections to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill would forbid employers from terminating an employee who is a volunteer firefighter or ambulance worker responding to an emergency service call.

JUSTIFICATION: Emergency service personnel provide life saving care to people and property. In desperate situations when these volunteer workers are needed, these brave men and women should not lose their jobs because of their altruism.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4767 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 23, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GIPSON -- 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 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel job protection THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The labor law is amended by adding a new section 207-b to read as follows: S 207-B. VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER AND AMBULANCE WORKER JOB PROTECTION. 1. IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR ANY EMPLOYER OR HIS OR HER DULY AUTHORIZED AGENT TO DISCHARGE OR IN ANY OTHER MANNER DISCRIMINATE AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE AS TO HIS OR HER EMPLOYMENT BECAUSE HE OR SHE HAS RESPONDED TO AN EMERGENCY WHEN ACTING AS A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER OR VOLUNTEER AMBU- LANCE WORKER. 2. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION: (A) VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION THREE OF THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT LAW; AND (B) VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKER SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION THREE OF THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKERS' BENEFIT LAW. 3. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "RESPONDING TO AN EMERGENCY" SHALL MEAN: (A) WHEN A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER PARTICIPATES IN NECESSARY TRAVEL TO, WORKING AT, AND NECESSARY TRAVEL RETURNING FROM A FIRE, ALARM OF FIRE, HAZARDOUS MATERIAL INCIDENT OR OTHER EMERGENCY TO WHICH HIS OR HER FIRE DEPARTMENT, FIRE COMPANY, ANY UNIT THEREOF, EITHER HAS RESPONDED OR WOULD BE REQUIRED OR AUTHORIZED TO RESPOND, INCLUDING NECESSARY TRAVEL DURING SUCH WORK OR INCIDENTAL THERETO; OR (B) WHEN A VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKER PARTICIPATES IN NECESSARY TRAVEL TO, WORKING AT, AND NECESSARY TRAVEL RETURNING FROM AN ACCIDENT, ALARM
OF ACCIDENT, OR OTHER DUTY TO WHICH HIS OR HER AMBULANCE DEPARTMENT, AMBULANCE COMPANY, OR ANY UNIT THEREOF, EITHER HAS RESPONDED OR WOULD BE REQUIRED OR AUTHORIZED TO RESPOND, INCLUDING NECESSARY TRAVEL DURING SUCH WORK OR INCIDENTAL THERETO. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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