Bill S6336A-2013

Makes technical corrections to the New York state commercial goods transportation fair play act

Makes technical corrections to the New York state commercial goods transportation fair play act.

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  • Feb 26, 2014: SUBSTITUTED BY A8451
  • Feb 3, 2014: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jan 28, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jan 28, 2014: AMENDED 6336A
  • Jan 27, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.58
  • Jan 23, 2014: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO LABOR
  • Jan 15, 2014: REFERRED TO RULES

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BILL NUMBER:S6336A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to making technical corrections to the "New York state commercial goods transportation industry fair play act"; and to amend chapter 558 of the laws of 2013 amending the labor law relating to enacting the "New York state commercial goods transportation industry fair play act", in relation to the effectiveness thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prevent misclassification of commercial goods transportation services employees.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 862-a (1)(3) and 6 changes definition to remove references to commercial vehicle drivers and commercial driver's license and replaces with a driver who possesses a state issues driver's license who transports goods in New York State and operates a commercial motor vehicle as defined in subdivision four-a of section two of the transportation law.

Section 862-b (1) - provides for the classification of an employee of the commercial goods transportation contractor unless payment for such services is reported on a Federal Income Tax for 1099 if required by law as one of the criteria for being deemed an independent contractor.

Section 862-b(2) - adds firm, limited liability company, association and other legal entity to conform with definition to in Section 862-a of the law.

Section 862-b 2 (e) - adds language clarifying that an independent contractor may make their services available to the general public or to parties not subject to the contract referenced in paragraph (g) of this subdivision.

Section 862-b 2 (f) - again provides for the reporting of services on a Federal Income Tax for 1099 as a determining factor of whether a person is and employee or independent contractor.

Section 862-b 2 (i) - provides that an independent contractor can hire its own employees without approval of the commercial goods transportation contractor.

Section 862-c - maintains the posting of the responsibility of the independent contractor but removed that this posting be constructed of materials capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions.

Effective date is changes from sixty to ninety days.

JUSTIFICATION:

From Governor Cuomo's Approval Memo #20:

"This bill establishes a statutory test for determining whether individuals in the trucking industry are classified as employees or independent contractors. Both business and labor have long sought changes to New York's existing independent contractor test, which has

resulted in inconsistent standards, causing confusion for all affected parties.

The major stakeholders representing both the trucking industry and labor have urged me to sign this bill in order to bring clarity to this area of law. Nevertheless, I was concerned that certain technical issues with the legislation resulted in a test that did not address the independent contractor issue in the trucking industry in a fair and consistent manner. Therefore, I have come to an agreement with the legislature on an amendment to this bill that will address these issues and will result in a law that more comprehensively encompasses the trucking industry's workforce.

I believe that New York should have an independent contractor test that is uniform across all industries in order to ensure that both employers and workers are protected by the law. This bill is a step towards establishing such a test."

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Chapter amendment to Chapter 558 of the Laws of 2013

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on the same day as chapter 558 of the laws of 2013 took effect.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6336--A Cal. No. 58 IN SENATE January 15, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules -- committee discharged and said bill committed to the Committee on Labor -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first report, amended on first report, ordered to a second report and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of second report AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to making technical corrections to the "New York state commercial goods transportation industry fair play act"; and to amend chapter 558 of the laws of 2013 amending the labor law relating to enacting the "New York state commercial goods transportation industry fair play act", in relation to the effectiveness thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Sections 862-a, 862-b and 862-c of the labor law, as added by chapter 558 of the laws of 2013, are amended to read as follows: S 862-a. Definitions. As used in this article: 1. "Commercial goods transportation contractor" means any sole propri- etor, partnership, firm, corporation, limited liability company, associ- ation or other legal entity [permitted by law to do business within the state who] THAT compensates [commercial vehicle drivers] A DRIVER who possesses a state-issued [commercial] driver's license [to transport], TRANSPORTS goods in the state of New York AND OPERATES A COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION FOUR-A OF SECTION TWO OF THE TRANSPORTATION LAW. 2. "Commercial goods transportation contractor" includes a general commercial goods transportation contractor or a commercial goods trans- portation subcontractor. 3. "Commercial goods transportation services" means the transportation of goods for compensation by a [commercial vehicle] driver who possesses a state-issued [commercial] driver's license [and], transports goods in the state of New York, AND OPERATES A COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION FOUR-A OF SECTION TWO OF THE TRANSPORTATION LAW. 4. "Department" means the department of labor.
5. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of labor. 6. "Employer" means any commercial goods transportation contractor which compensates [commercial vehicle drivers who possess a state-issued commercial driver's license to transport goods in the state of New York] A PERSON CLASSIFIED AS AN EMPLOYEE UNDER SECTION EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY-TWO-B OF THIS ARTICLE. S 862-b. Presumption of employment in the commercial goods transporta- tion industry. 1. Any person performing commercial goods transportation services for a commercial goods transportation contractor shall be clas- sified as an employee OF THE COMMERCIAL GOODS TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTOR unless PAYMENT FOR SUCH SERVICES IS REPORTED ON A FEDERAL INCOME TAX FORM 1099 IF REQUIRED BY LAW AND EITHER the person is a separate busi- ness entity under subdivision two of this section or all of the follow- ing criteria are met, in which case the person shall be an independent contractor: (a) the individual is free from control and direction in performing the job, both under his or her contract and in fact; (b) the service must be performed outside the usual course of business for which the service is performed; and (c) the individual is customarily engaged in an independently estab- lished trade, occupation, profession, or business that is similar to the service at issue. 2. A business entity, including any sole proprietor, partnership, FIRM, corporation, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ASSOCIATION or OTHER LEGAL entity that may ALSO be a commercial goods transportation contractor under this section shall be considered a separate business entity from the commercial goods transportation contractor where all the following criteria are met: (a) the business entity is performing the service free from the direc- tion or control over the means and manner of providing the service, subject only to the right of the commercial goods transportation contractor for whom the service is provided to specify the desired result or federal rule or regulation; (b) the business entity is not subject to cancellation or destruction upon severance of the relationship with the commercial goods transporta- tion contractor; (c) the business entity has a substantial investment of capital in the business entity, including but not limited to ordinary tools and equip- ment; (d) the business entity owns or leases the capital goods and gains the profits and bears the losses of the business entity; (e) the business entity [has an option to] MAY make its services available to the general public or OTHERS NOT A PARTY TO THE BUSINESS ENTITY'S WRITTEN CONTRACT REFERENCED IN PARAGRAPH (G) OF THIS SUBDIVI- SION IN the business community on a continuing basis; (f) the business entity [includes] PROVIDES services [rendered] REPORTED on a Federal Income Tax [Schedule as an independent business or profession] FORM 1099, IF REQUIRED BY LAW; (g) the business entity performs services for the commercial goods transportation contractor pursuant to a written contract, under the business entity's name, specifying their relationship to be as independ- ent contractors or separate business entities; (h) when the services being provided require a license or permit, the business entity pays for the license or permit in the business entity's name or, where permitted by law, pays for reasonable use of the commer- cial goods transportation contractor's license or permit;
(i) if necessary, the business entity hires its own employees WITHOUT THE COMMERCIAL GOODS TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTOR'S APPROVAL, subject to applicable qualification requirements or federal or state laws, rules or regulations, AND pays the employees without reimbursement from the commercial [good] GOODS transportation contractor [and reports the employees' income to the Internal Revenue Service]; (j) the commercial goods transportation contractor does not require that the business entity be represented as an employee of the commercial goods transportation contractor to its customers; and (k) the business entity has the right to perform similar services for others on whatever basis and whenever it chooses. 3. The failure to withhold federal or state income taxes or to pay unemployment compensation contributions or workers' compensation premi- ums with respect to an individual's wages shall not be considered in making a determination under this section, except as set forth in para- graph (f) of subdivision two of this section. 4. An individual's act of securing workers' compensation insurance with a carrier as a sole proprietor, partnership or otherwise shall not be binding on any determination under this section. 5. When a business entity meets the definition of a separate business entity pursuant to subdivision two of this section, the separate busi- ness entity will be considered a commercial goods transportation contractor subject to all the provisions of this article in regard to the classification of individuals performing services for it. S 862-c. Notice to persons receiving remuneration from commercial goods transportation contractors and commercial goods transportation subcontractors. 1. Every commercial goods transportation contractor shall post in a prominent and accessible place on the site where commer- cial goods transportation activity is conducted a legible statement, provided by the commissioner, that describes the responsibility of inde- pendent contractors to pay taxes required by state and federal law, the rights of employees to workers' compensation, unemployment benefits, minimum wage, overtime and other federal and state workplace protections, and the protections against retaliation and the penalties in this article if the contractor fails to properly classify an individ- ual as an employee. This notice shall also contain contact information for individuals to file complaints or inquire with the commissioner about employment classification status. This information shall be provided in English, Spanish or other languages required by the commis- sioner. [The posted statement shall be constructed of materials capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions.] 2. Within thirty days of the effective date of this article, the commissioner shall create the notice described in subdivision one of this section and post the notice on the department's website for down- loading by commercial goods transportation contractors. 3. Commercial goods transportation contractors who violate this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to one thousand five hundred dollars for a first violation, and up to five thousand dollars for a subsequent violation within a five year period. S 2. Section 5 of chapter 558 of the laws of 2013 amending the labor law relating to enacting the "New York state commercial goods transpor- tation industry fair play act" is amended to read as follows: S 5. This act shall take effect on the [sixtieth] NINETIETH day after it shall have become a law.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, that sections one and two of this act shall take effect on the same date and in the same manner as chapter 558 of the laws of 2013, takes effect.

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