IMPORTANT: NYC Members -Take NYSRA Survey on the Impact of Paid Time Off
The NYS Restaurant Association and our coalition partners have created a
in an effort to gain more data to effectively fight the City Council’s proposed bill that would expand an employee’s ability to take paid time off. This brief survey asks how difficult it was to incorporate paid sick leave into your labor cost projections, and how further expansion in this area will force you to change your business. Our goal is to provide Councilmembers with real life scenarios of how this harmful mandate will further damage the climate for businesses throughout New York City.
NYS Restaurant Association Issues Memo of Support Urging the Legalization of E-Bikes and E-Scooters
The NYS Restaurant Association joined a number of other groups in issuing memos of support for the legalization of e-bikes and e-scooters in New York.
Assembly Member Nily Rozic and Senator Jessica Ramos have sponsored legislation that would legalize these modes of transportation and allow municipalities to set rules around their usage. This is a very important piece of legislation, and it cannot come soon enough.
Until e-bikes are legalized, the delivery workers who use them for their jobs will be disproportionately impacted by enforcement, as we have seen in New York City. Many of these workers are low-income New Yorkers; many come from immigrant backgrounds, all of them are being unduly punished with hefty fines, and sometimes, the confiscation of their bikes. This harsh enforcement has persisted even while data shows that e-bikes do not cause significant safety issues on the roads. We need this legislation to finally bring clarity to this issue and allow for these workers to use modern technology that will allow them to more effectively do their jobs.
Albany County Set to Hold Vote on Paid Sick Leave Proposal
On Monday, June 10, the Albany County Legislature will hold a public forum followed by a scheduled vote on Local Law C of 2018, also known as the Albany County Paid Sick Leave Law. This law would mandate that employers all over the county allow employees to earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year. The law would certainly mean higher labor costs as employers would need to not only pay those who are taking their paid time but also those who would need to come in to cover these open shifts.
The NYS Restaurant Association has previously testified in opposition to this law and will do so again on Monday. If any employers would like to join us Monday night for the 6:30 p.m. public comment period please contact Kevin Dugan, Government Affairs Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.