A bill (S1449) introduced in the state Senate on February 18 proposes to require every employer, after hiring an employee, to verify the employment eligibility of the employee through the E-Verify program. E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly-hired employees. If passed, the bill would prohibit the employment of unauthorized aliens and impose penalties on employers that knowingly or intentionally employ unauthorized aliens, up to and including the permanent revocation of any and all of an employer’s business licenses issued by the state or any political subdivisions of the state.
On May 27, a bill (S1968) was amended and given its second reading in the Senate. The bill seeks to revise the unemployment insurance (UI) claims procedures to address certain abuses occurring in the UI system which often result in the improper delaying or denial of UI benefits to laid off workers. Among the changes from current law, the bill would provide a waiver from repayment of claim overpayments to faultless claimants; increase the amount of time for both employers and claimants to appeal claim determinations from 7 to 20 days; and provide a detailed mechanism for the registration and regulation of authorized agents representing employers in UI claims.
In November 2017, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) issued a proposed predictive scheduling rule that would have imposed various call-in pay requirements when shifts are scheduled or cancelled on short notice or when employees are on call.
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