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February 28, 2017
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Advocacy Update: 2.23.17
ALERT: Paid Family Leave Proposed Regulations Released

Earlier this week, the NYS Workers Compensation Board and the NYS Department of Financial Services released proposed rules regarding the implementation and administration of New York's new Paid Family Leave law.  As you may or may not be aware, this law is scheduled to take effect January 1, 2018 and is the most expansive paid family leave law in the nation.  The law applies to employers of one or more employees and, when fully implemented, will provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave for an employee to care for a family member with a serious health condition, the birth or adoption of a child, or for a qualified military exigency. 

The proposed rules from the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) address the administration of employee leave including eligibility, notice requirements, medical certification, reinstatement rights, health insurance continuation, and coordination with FMLA and other laws.    You can read the proposed WCB rule here.

The Department of Financial Services (DFS) has released proposed rules that establish minimum standards for the form and rating of family leave benefits coverage.  The proposed rules establish that the benefits coverage will be community rated, establishes procedures for establishing the community rate, relate to the content and sale of policy forms for the family leave benefits coverage, and authorizes the superintendent to set the maximum employee contribution for family leave benefits coverage.  You can read the proposed DFS rule here .

In both cases, public comments on the rule will be accepted until April 8, 2017.  The Business Council will be conducting an in-depth analysis of the proposed regulations, identifying concerns, and submitting comments to the WCB and DFS.   

If you have any questions or concerns related to this or any other wage/labor issue, please contact the Chamber at 718-727-1900 or email rgleason@sichamber.com

Member Spotlight

SCORE Staten Island Relocates To Staten Island Advance Building

SCORE Staten Island is relocating from Castleton Corners to Grasmere as of Feb. 28.

The prominent small-business mentoring organization is resettling its operations within the iconic Staten Island Advance building, 950 West Fingerboard Road. The updated facility is conveniently located, with ample parking for visitors.

Dedicated to providing cost-free mentoring and education to both aspiring and established entrepreneurs, SCORE Staten Island is Chapter 476 of the nationwide SCORE, a 53-year-old nonprofit association and resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, SCORE of Staten Island may be telephoned at 718-727-1221, or emailed at info@SCORESI.org. Staten Island SCORE may also be visited on Facebook.

Pinot's Palette  celebrated its Grand Opening with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting.

Pics of the Week

Young Professionals Group
Trivia Night at  O'Neills

Sandra from  Cookie Jar  spoke to YEA! students about e-commerce.

 Doreen Inserra CPA, was a guest speaker for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Business Tip of the Week


Sometimes the tax deadline arrives and you are simply not ready to file. But, if you choose to file for an extension, don't make the mistake of not paying. Filing for an extension gives you more time to file, not more time to pay. If you owe taxes, they are due on the regular filing deadline.