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File #: Int 0946-2018    Version: Name: Prohibiting on-call scheduling for utility safety employees and providing advance notice of work schedules to utility safety employees.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 5/23/2018
Enactment date: 7/18/2021 Law number: 2021/077
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting on-call scheduling for utility safety employees and providing advance notice of work schedules to utility safety employees
Sponsors: Brad S. Lander, Justin L. Brannan, Antonio Reynoso, Keith Powers , Carlos Menchaca, Mark Levine, Stephen T. Levin, Ben Kallos, Alan N. Maisel, Fernando Cabrera , Carlina Rivera , Helen K. Rosenthal, Diana Ayala , Vanessa L. Gibson, Barry S. Grodenchik, James G. Van Bramer, Laurie A. Cumbo, Bill Perkins, Margaret S. Chin, Alicka Ampry-Samuel , Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Adrienne E. Adams, Daniel Dromm , Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Francisco P. Moya, Mark Treyger, Karen Koslowitz, Mathieu Eugene, Inez D. Barron, Deborah L. Rose, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Farah N. Louis, Selvena N. Brooks-Powers
Council Member Sponsors: 33
Summary: The proposed bill would ban the practice of on-call scheduling for utility safety employees who locate and mark underground infrastructure. The bill would prohibit employers from canceling, changing or adding work shifts within 72 hours of the start of the shift, except in limited circumstances. The bill would also require the employer to provide a utility safety employee with a written work schedule no later than 72 hours before the first shift on the work schedule, to post the schedule at the work location 72 hours before the beginning of the scheduled hours of work, and to provide the employee, at the employee’s request, a written copy of the work schedule for any week worked within the prior three years.
Indexes: Agency Rule-making Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 946-B, 2. Summary of Int. No. 946-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 946, 4. Int. No. 946, 5. May 23, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 6. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 05-23-2018, 7. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - May 23, 2018, 8. Committee Report 12/16/19, 9. Hearing Testimony 12/16/19, 10. Hearing Transcript 12/16/19, 11. Proposed Int. No. 946-A - 4/21/21, 12. Proposed Int. No. 946-B - 6/11/21, 13. Committee Report 6/17/21, 14. Hearing Transcript 6/17/21, 15. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 16. June 17, 2021 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 17. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-17-21, 18. Int. No. 946-B (FINAL), 19. Fiscal Impact Statement
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
7/19/2021BBrad S. Lander City Council Returned Unsigned by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/18/2021BBrad S. Lander Administration City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/17/2021BBrad S. Lander City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/17/2021BBrad S. Lander City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/17/2021*Brad S. Lander Committee on Transportation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/17/2021*Brad S. Lander Committee on Transportation Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/17/2021*Brad S. Lander Committee on Transportation Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/17/2021BBrad S. Lander Committee on Transportation Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/16/2019*Brad S. Lander Committee on Transportation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/16/2019*Brad S. Lander Committee on Transportation Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/16/2019*Brad S. Lander Committee on Transportation Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/3/2019ABrad S. Lander City Council Re-referred to Committee by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/23/2018*Brad S. Lander City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/23/2018*Brad S. Lander City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 946-B

 

By Council Members Lander, Brannan, Reynoso, Powers, Menchaca, Levine, Levin, Kallos, Maisel, Cabrera, Rivera, Rosenthal, Ayala, Gibson, Grodenchik, Van Bramer, Cumbo, Perkins, Chin, Ampry-Samuel, Salamanca, Adams, Dromm, the Public Advocate (Mr. Williams), Moya, Treyger, Koslowitz, Eugene, Barron, Rose, Rodriguez, Louis and Brooks-Powers

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting on-call scheduling for utility safety employees and providing advance notice of work schedules to utility safety employees

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Section 20-1201 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law 80 of 2020, is amended to add new definitions of “underground facilities,” “utility safety employee” and “utility safety employer” in alphabetical order to read as follows:

Underground facilities. The term “underground facilities” means pipelines, conduits, ducts, cables, wires, manholes, vaults or other such facilities or their attachments, that have been installed underground to provide services or materials, including electricity, gas, water, steam liquid petroleum products, telephone communications, cable television, sewage removal or traffic control systems.

Utility safety employee. The term “utility safety employee” means any person who is employed by a utility safety employer to locate and mark underground facilities or inspect gas pipe fusions and joints.

Utility safety employer. The term “utility safety employer” means any person or entity that employs individuals to locate and mark underground facilities or inspect gas pipe fusions and joints. The term “utility safety employer” does not include (i) the United States government; (ii) the state of New York, including any office, department, independent agency, authority, institution, association, society or other body of the state including the legislature and the judiciary; or (iii) the city or any local government, municipality or county or any entity governed by section 92 of the general municipal law or section 207 of the county law.

§2. Section 20-1251 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law 99 of 2017, is amended to read as follows:

§ 20-1251 On-call scheduling prohibited. a.       Except as otherwise provided by law, it shall be unlawful for a retail or utility safety employer [shall not] to:

                           1. Schedule a retail or utility safety employee for any on-call shift;

                           2. Cancel any regular shift for a retail or utility safety employee within 72 hours of the scheduled start of such shift;

                          3. Require a retail or utility safety employee to work with fewer than 72 hours’ notice, unless the employee consents in writing; or

4. Require a retail or utility safety employee to contact a retail or utility safety employer to confirm whether or not the employee should report for a regular shift fewer than 72 hours before the start of such shift.

b. Notwithstanding subdivision a of this section, a retail or utility safety employer may:

1. Grant a retail or utility safety employee time off pursuant to an employee’s request;

2. Allow a retail or utility safety employee to trade shifts with another retail or utility safety employee; [and]

3. Make changes to retail employees’ work schedules with less than 72 hours’ notice if the retail employer’s operations cannot begin or continue due to:

(a) Threats to the retail employees or the retail employer’s property;

(b) The failure of public utilities or the shutdown of public transportation;

(c) A fire, flood or other natural disaster; or

(d) A state of emergency declared by the president of the United States, governor of the state of New York or mayor of the city[.]; and    

                     4. Make changes to utility safety employees’ work schedules with less than 72 hours’ notice if the utility safety employer is responding to or cannot begin or continue operations due to one of the following circumstances:

                     (a) The failure of public utilities that poses an immediate danger to public safety or health;

                     (b) A fire, flood or other natural disaster; or

                     (c) A state of emergency declared by the president of the United States, governor of the state of New York or mayor of the city.

§3. Section 20-1252 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law 80 of      2020, is amended to read as follows:

§ 20-1252 Work schedules. a.       A retail or utility safety employer shall provide a retail or utility safety employee with a written work schedule no later than 72 hours before the first shift on the work schedule.

b. A retail employer shall conspicuously post in a location that is accessible and visible to all retail employees at the work location the work schedule of all the retail employees at that work location at least 72 hours before the beginning of the scheduled hours of work and shall update the schedule and directly notify affected retail employees after making changes to the work schedule. Retail and utility safety employers shall also transmit the work schedule by electronic means, if such means are regularly used to communicate scheduling information. The department may by rule establish requirements or exceptions necessary to ensure the privacy and safety of employees.

c. Upon request by a retail or utility safety employee, a retail or utility safety employer shall provide the employee with such employee’s work schedule in writing for any week worked within the prior three years and the most current version of the work schedule for all retail or utility safety employees at that work location, whether or not changes to the work schedule have been posted.

§4.      Section 20-1253 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law 99 of 2017, is amended to read as follows:

§ 20-1253 Collective bargaining agreements. The provisions of this subchapter do not apply to any retail or utility safety employee covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement, including an agreement that is open for negotiation, if (i) such provisions are expressly waived in such collective bargaining agreement and (ii) the agreement addresses employee scheduling.

§ 5. a. This local law takes effect 180 days after it becomes law, except that the department of consumer and worker protection shall not take any enforcement action against any utility safety employer for a violation of section 20-1251 or 20-1252 of the administrative code of the city of New York pursuant to section 20-1207 of the administrative code of the city of New York less than 365 days after this local law becomes law, and provided that the commissioner of the department of consumer and worker protection may take such measures as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules, before such dates.

b. Notwithstanding subdivision a of this section, in the case of utility safety employees covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement in effect 180 days after this local law becomes law, this local law takes effect on the stated date of the expiration of such agreement.

 

 

MHL/LCB

LS #4761

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