Requires an annual report to the chair of the senate finance committee and chair of the assembly ways and means committee detailing the use of temporary employees by state agencies for the previous calendar year.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the civil service law, in relation to temporary employee reporting
PURPOSE: To allow for taxpayers to see the cost of employing temporary employees to perform the jobs of NYS employees.
JUSTIFICATION: The use of temporary employees to perform the work of NYS employees has been increasing. Data released by the NYS Comptroller showed that between April 2008 and November 2009, NYS spent in excess of $62 million on contracts with temporary employees to fill vacant positions in various State agencies. The NYS Department of Health, for example, spent more than $13 million on temporary employees during this period.
The release of an annual report will allow the public to see how much is being spent, and whether or not this practice has become an impediment to managing our State workforce efficiently.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4987 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 2, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- 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 temporary employee reporting THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The civil service law is amended by adding a new section 153 to read as follows: S 153. TEMPORARY EMPLOYEE REPORTING. 1. DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION THE FOLLOWING DEFINITIONS SHALL APPLY: (A) "STATE AGENCIES" SHALL MEAN ANY DEPARTMENT, BOARD, BUREAU, DIVI- SION, COMMISSION, COUNCIL, OR COMMITTEE WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, AND ALL PUBLIC AUTHORITIES UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. (B) "TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT SERVICE" SHALL MEAN A BUSINESS WHICH RECRUITS AND HIRES ITS OWN EMPLOYEES, AND ASSIGNS THOSE EMPLOYEES TO PERFORM WORK AT OR SERVICES FOR OTHER BUSINESSES OR PUBLIC ENTITIES. (C) "TEMPORARY EMPLOYEE" SHALL MEAN AN EMPLOYEE ASSIGNED TO WORK FOR THE CLIENT OR CLIENTS OF A TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT SERVICE. 2. THE HEAD OF THE DIVISION OF THE BUDGET, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION, SHALL SUBMIT AN ANNUAL REPORT TO THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND CHAIR OF THE ASSEMBLY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY FIRST OF EACH YEAR DETAILING THE USE OF TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES BY STATE AGENCIES FOR THE PREVIOUS CALENDAR YEAR. THE REPORT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF EXPENDITURES FOR ALL STATE AGENCIES FOR TEMPO- RARY EMPLOYMENT SERVICES FOR THE PREVIOUS CALENDAR YEAR; (B) AN ITEMIZED REPORT FOR EACH STATE AGENCY LISTING THE AMOUNT OF EXPENDITURES FOR TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT SERVICES FOR THE PREVIOUS CALENDAR YEAR;EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11189-01-1 S. 4987 2
(C) AN ITEMIZED REPORT FOR EACH STATE AGENCY LISTING THE AMOUNT OF EXPENDITURES FOR EACH TEMPORARY EMPLOYEE FOR THE PREVIOUS CALENDAR YEAR; (D) THE JOB TITLES THAT TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES WERE EMPLOYED IN AND A DESCRIPTION OF THE DUTIES PERFORMED BY THE TEMPORARY WORKER INCLUDING WHETHER THE JOB TITLE IS IN THE COMPETITIVE OR NON-COMPETITIVE CLASS; IN THE EVENT A JOB TITLE IS NOT AVAILABLE A DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES SHALL BE INCLUDED; (E) AN ITEMIZED LISTING OF ALL VACANT POSITIONS FOR EACH STATE AGENCY THAT UTILIZED ANY TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES FOR THE PREVIOUS CALENDAR YEAR; AND (F) THE LENGTH OF TIME EACH TEMPORARY EMPLOYEE WAS ASSIGNED TO A STATE AGENCY BY A TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT SERVICE FOR THE PREVIOUS CALENDAR YEAR; HOWEVER, IF A TEMPORARY EMPLOYEE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO A STATE AGENCY BY A TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT SERVICE FOR A TIME PERIOD LONGER THAN THE PREVI- OUS CALENDAR YEAR THEN THE REPORT SHALL LIST THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF TIME THE TEMPORARY EMPLOYEE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO A STATE AGENCY. 3. SUCH REPORT SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON THE DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL SERVICE PUBLIC WEBSITE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.