On April 21, the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and Worker Protection conducted a hearing on proposed new rules for construction labor providers that would:
- Clarify license application requirements.
- Clarify notification requirements for covered construction workers informing them of their legal rights, required certifications and training, and information about assigned jobs.
- Supplement recordkeeping requirements and the process for responding to a subpoena or request from the Department.
- Create a penalty schedule for violations of construction labor providers.
On April 27, the NYC Department of Health conducted a hearing on New York City’s Smoke-Free Air Act (SFAA) which would prohibit smoking, including the smoking of cannabis, at a range of locations, with certain other locations being exempt from the smoking prohibition. The New York State Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) amended section 1399-q of the New York Public Health Law to prohibit the smoking or vaping of cannabis in some locations exempt by the SFAA and New York City regulations. This rule would make the exemption provisions consistent between the two laws.
Effective May 1, the Department of Buildings will implement the Major Project Development Program, a set of rules established to help large, complex development projects proceed in an orderly and code-compliant manner. The program provides owners with dedicated project coordination and guidance services at an early stage and throughout the project’s development to them navigate applicable laws and regulations, attain permits, and avoid or expeditiously resolve violation issues.
Executive Order 13 creates a Chief Efficiency Officer and Steering Committee charged with:
- Developing updated metrics to improve government transparency, performance, and accountability
- Determining the “time tax” on New Yorkers and improving the delivery of services, informing the investment of new services, and increasing customer satisfaction
- Identifying opportunities to reduce regulations and streamline business processes
- Reviewing the NYC budget and evaluating new service performance improvement needs
Executive Order 11 - Effective March 10, 2022, all City agencies must take all necessary actions to ensure that their contractors require that all covered employees wear a face covering when: (i) interacting with members of the public in an indoor setting; or (ii) present in a location where the State Commissioner of Health has determined face coverings must be worn.