Albany County Votes Down Paid Sick Leave Proposal
Earlier this week, the NYSRA Government Affairs team testified in front of the Albany County Legislature. We strongly encouraged legislators to vote against Local Law C, which would mandate that all private employees at businesses with more than 5 employees be able to earn up to 40 hours of sick time per calendar year. The Association warned about the dangers of this proposal to small businesses and that a one size fits all approach to this proposed law absolutely will not work for the restaurant industry.
To their credit, the County Legislature listened to what we had to say and voted down the proposal - officially ending this 8-month long debate!
The Association would like to thank the restaurateurs who attended, spoke and helped defeat this burdensome mandate.
Tell City Council How You Feel About a Paid Vacation Mandate
This week, NYSRA and our business community allies have released a tool to help members contact their City Council representatives urging them to oppose the Mayor’s paid vacation mandate.
, you can enter your business address, and the portal will automatically identify your Council Member. You can then choose between several pre-written messages, or edit your own, to be sent via email to your Council Member. This process can be repeated for each business address, and your home address if you live in NYC. Please take a moment to make yourselves heard and help push back against this costly mandate!
Upcoming NYC Hearing to Address Third Party Delivery Platforms
On June 27 at 1:00 pm, there will be an oversight hearing held by the Small Business Committee at City Hall. The topic of the hearing is third party delivery platforms, such as Grubhub, Seamless, Postmates, Uber Eats, and others. The hearing will examine how these platforms impact the food service industry, including the fee structure, market presence, and food safety.
Over the last few weeks it has come out that restaurants might be facing unfounded charges from some of these platforms and we are encouraging ALL members to examine their past orders closely to ensure they are not being charged more than they should. If you have any questions about how to participate or how to find possible erroneous charges, please email