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File #: Res 0566-2018    Version: * Name: Amend the education law to automatically enroll “optional employees” in the NYC Board of Education Retirement System (BERS) after 90 days of employment unless the employee affirmatively opts in or out of the program in advance. (A.10935-A and S.8844-A)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Civil Service and Labor
On agenda: 10/17/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the state legislature to pass and the Governor to sign, A.10935-A and S.8844-A, which would amend the education law to automatically enroll "optional employees" in the New York City Board of Education Retirement System (BERS) after 90 days of employment unless the employee affirmatively opts in or out of the program in advance.
Sponsors: I. Daneek Miller, Daniel Dromm , Helen K. Rosenthal, Vanessa L. Gibson, Ben Kallos, Stephen T. Levin, Jumaane D. Williams, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 8
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 566, 2. A. 10935-A, 3. S. 8844-A, 4. October 17, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Committee Report 11/27/18, 6. Hearing Testimony 11/27/18, 7. Hearing Transcript 11/27/18, 8. Committee Report 12/19/18, 9. Hearing Transcript 12/19/18, 10. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 11. December 20, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 12. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 12-20-18, 13. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - December 20, 2018
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12/20/2018*I. Daneek Miller City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/2018*I. Daneek Miller Committee on Civil Service and Labor Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/2018*I. Daneek Miller Committee on Civil Service and Labor Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/27/2018*I. Daneek Miller Committee on Governmental Operations Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/27/2018*I. Daneek Miller Committee on Governmental Operations Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/27/2018*I. Daneek Miller Committee on Civil Service and Labor Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/27/2018*I. Daneek Miller Committee on Civil Service and Labor Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/17/2018*I. Daneek Miller City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/17/2018*I. Daneek Miller City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Res. No. 566

 

Resolution calling on the state legislature to pass and the Governor to sign, A.10935-A and S.8844-A, which would amend the education law to automatically enroll “optional employees” in the New York City Board of Education Retirement System (BERS) after 90 days of employment unless the employee affirmatively opts in or out of the program in advance.

 

By Council Members Miller, Dromm, Rosenthal, Gibson, Kallos, Levin, Williams and Ulrich

                     Whereas, Public-sector employees comprise a significant portion of New York City’s workforce; and

                     Whereas, According to a report from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), the City of New York employs approximately 363,000 people, or 8.2 percent of the city’s total workforce, as estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and

                     Whereas, DCAS also found that roughly 37,000, or 10 percent of city government employees, are part-time or temporary employees, and that 29 percent of all City employees, or roughly 105,000 people, are eligible to retire within the next five years; and

                     Whereas,  Currently, part-time and temporary employees, as well as those who are not required to take civil service exams, are allowed optional enrollment in the Board of Education Retirement System (BERS), which, according to the office of the Comptroller, holds over $4 billion in assets; and

                     Whereas, Part-time City employees have been eligible for pension benefits since 1988, when the State Court of Appeals ruled in their favor in a 7-0 decision; and

                     Whereas, Pension enrollment is optional; and

                     Whereas, According to the Chief Actuary for the New York City Retirement Systems and Pension Funds, only 73 percent of eligible employees join BERS; and

                     Whereas, Furthermore, the Chief Actuary has reported that 64 percent of those who have not elected to enroll are women, with an average salary of approximately $22,410; and

                     Whereas, A simple lack of awareness can mean that a committed City employee can lose access to years of benefits to which he or she is entitled; and

                     Whereas, There is currently legislation in both the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate that would address this issue; and

                     Whereas, A.10935-A and its companion, S.8844-A, would amend the education law by automatically enrolling new employees in the pension system 90 days after beginning employment; and

                     Whereas, The proposed legislation would also allow employees to either opt-in immediately or opt-out in accordance with their wishes; and

                     Whereas, These bills have won the support of District Council 37, New York City’s largest public employee union, which represents 125,000 members and 50,000 retirees, and

                     Whereas, Most importantly, however this measure would ensure that City employees can obtain the pension benefits that they have earned; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the state legislature to pass and the Governor to sign, A.10935-A and S.8844-A, which would amend the education law to automatically enroll “optional employees” in to the New York City Board of Education Retirement System (BERS) after 90 days of employment unless the employee affirmatively opts in or out of the program in advance.

 

 

 

 

 

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