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Meeting Name: Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 4/29/2020 1:00 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: - REMOTE HEARING -
Jointly with the Committee on Small Business
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T2020-6102 *   Oversight - The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses in New York City.Oversight Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
T2020-6102 *   Oversight - The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses in New York City.Oversight Filed, by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1846-2020 *Ritchie J. Torres  Disclosure of gratuity policies for delivery workers.IntroductionThis bill would require certain New York City businesses to disclose information about how gratuities are provided to their delivery workers in connection with online orders of goods. Specifically, the bill would require businesses to disclose (1) how much of each gratuity goes to the worker who delivered the order, (2) how gratuities are distributed to delivery workers, and (3) how much of each gratuity is used to compose each delivery workers’ base wage. Businesses that do not comply with this requirement will be charged a penalty.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1846-2020 *Ritchie J. Torres  Disclosure of gratuity policies for delivery workers.IntroductionThis bill would require certain New York City businesses to disclose information about how gratuities are provided to their delivery workers in connection with online orders of goods. Specifically, the bill would require businesses to disclose (1) how much of each gratuity goes to the worker who delivered the order, (2) how gratuities are distributed to delivery workers, and (3) how much of each gratuity is used to compose each delivery workers’ base wage. Businesses that do not comply with this requirement will be charged a penalty.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1895-2020 *Mark Gjonaj   Food service establishments’ packaging of food for delivery.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to establish rules that would decrease the risk that food packaged by restaurants for delivery is tampered with before reaching the customer, which may include requiring tamper-evident packaging. Violations would be punishable by a civil penalty of up to $100 for each violation.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1895-2020 *Mark Gjonaj   Food service establishments’ packaging of food for delivery.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to establish rules that would decrease the risk that food packaged by restaurants for delivery is tampered with before reaching the customer, which may include requiring tamper-evident packaging. Violations would be punishable by a civil penalty of up to $100 for each violation.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1896-2020 *Mark Gjonaj   Disclosure of commissions charged by third-party food delivery services.IntroductionThe bill would require that third-party delivery services, entities that provide restaurants with online order and delivery services, disclose to consumers any commission, fees, or other monetary payments imposed on participating restaurants.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1896-2020 *Mark Gjonaj   Disclosure of commissions charged by third-party food delivery services.IntroductionThe bill would require that third-party delivery services, entities that provide restaurants with online order and delivery services, disclose to consumers any commission, fees, or other monetary payments imposed on participating restaurants.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1897-2020 *Mark Gjonaj   Licensing of third-party food delivery services.IntroductionThis bill would require certain third-party food delivery services to obtain a license in order to provide their service to restaurants in the City. Application terms and fees would be determined by the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection. The department could refuse to issue or renew a license, or suspend or revoke a license, if the third-party food delivery services violates the conditions of the license, including engaging in misleading advertising or deceptive trade practices. Third-party food delivery services who violate license conditions may also be subject to penalties determined by the department.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1897-2020 *Mark Gjonaj   Licensing of third-party food delivery services.IntroductionThis bill would require certain third-party food delivery services to obtain a license in order to provide their service to restaurants in the City. Application terms and fees would be determined by the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection. The department could refuse to issue or renew a license, or suspend or revoke a license, if the third-party food delivery services violates the conditions of the license, including engaging in misleading advertising or deceptive trade practices. Third-party food delivery services who violate license conditions may also be subject to penalties determined by the department.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1898-2020 *Mark Gjonaj   Telephone order charges by third-party food delivery services during, and for 90 days after, a declared emergency that prohibits on-premises dining.IntroductionThe bill would prohibit third-party delivery services, entities that provide restaurants with online order and delivery services, from charging restaurants for telephone orders with customers that did not result in an actual transaction during the call. The prohibition would apply only to periods when a state of emergency is in effect in the city and restaurants are prohibited from offering food for consumption on-premises, plus an additional 90 days thereafter. Violations would be subject to civil penalties of up to $500 per restaurant per day.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1898-2020 *Mark Gjonaj   Telephone order charges by third-party food delivery services during, and for 90 days after, a declared emergency that prohibits on-premises dining.IntroductionThe bill would prohibit third-party delivery services, entities that provide restaurants with online order and delivery services, from charging restaurants for telephone orders with customers that did not result in an actual transaction during the call. The prohibition would apply only to periods when a state of emergency is in effect in the city and restaurants are prohibited from offering food for consumption on-premises, plus an additional 90 days thereafter. Violations would be subject to civil penalties of up to $500 per restaurant per day.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1907-2020 *Francisco P. Moya  Prohibiting third-party food delivery services from limiting the purchase prices covered establishments may charge on food and beverage orders.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit third-party food delivery services from limiting the menu prices restaurants may charge on food and beverage orders. Violations of this prohibition would result in civil penalties.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1907-2020 *Francisco P. Moya  Prohibiting third-party food delivery services from limiting the purchase prices covered establishments may charge on food and beverage orders.IntroductionThis bill would prohibit third-party food delivery services from limiting the menu prices restaurants may charge on food and beverage orders. Violations of this prohibition would result in civil penalties.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1908-2020 *Francisco P. Moya Proposed Int. No. 1980-AFees charged by third-party food delivery services during, and for 90 days after, a declared emergency that prohibits on-premises dining.IntroductionThis bill would restrict the fees that certain third-party food delivery services, entities that provide restaurants with online order and delivery services, may charge restaurants during states of emergency when restaurants are prohibited from offering food for consumption on-premises, plus an additional 90 days thereafter. During such time periods, third-party delivery services would be prohibited from charging more than a 15% fee per order for providing delivery services to a restaurant, and more than a 5% fee per order for all other types of charges. Violations of the prohibitions in this bill would be subject to civil penalties of up to $1000 per restaurant per day. The Corporation Counsel would be empowered to enforce the bill’s provisions by instituting civil action against third-party delivery services in violation, and by conducting investigations pursuant to such civil action.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1908-2020 *Francisco P. Moya  Fees charged by third-party food delivery services during, and for 90 days after, a declared emergency that prohibits on-premises dining.IntroductionThis bill would restrict the fees that certain third-party food delivery services, entities that provide restaurants with online order and delivery services, may charge restaurants during states of emergency when restaurants are prohibited from offering food for consumption on-premises, plus an additional 90 days thereafter. During such time periods, third-party delivery services would be prohibited from charging more than a 15% fee per order for providing delivery services to a restaurant, and more than a 5% fee per order for all other types of charges. Violations of the prohibitions in this bill would be subject to civil penalties of up to $1000 per restaurant per day. The Corporation Counsel would be empowered to enforce the bill’s provisions by instituting civil action against third-party delivery services in violation, and by conducting investigations pursuant to such civil action.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1914-2020 *Adrienne E. Adams  COVID-19 Relief Package - Harassment of commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19.IntroductionThis bill would make threatening a commercial tenant based on their status as a COVID-19 impacted business or person a form of harassment punishable by a civil penalty of $10,000 to $50,000.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1914-2020 *Adrienne E. Adams  COVID-19 Relief Package - Harassment of commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19.IntroductionThis bill would make threatening a commercial tenant based on their status as a COVID-19 impacted business or person a form of harassment punishable by a civil penalty of $10,000 to $50,000.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1916-2020 *Andrew Cohen  COVID-19 Relief Package - Requiring the waiver and refund of certain sidewalk cafe revocable consent fees, and providing for the repeal of such provision upon the expiration thereof.IntroductionOn March 17, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several businesses were ordered to close. Restaurants were required to stop providing dine-in service. As restaurants face unprecedented financial losses and can no longer utilize their sidewalk cafes during the state of emergency, this bill requires the City to waive and/or refund all revocable consent fees for unenclosed sidewalk cafes due between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Enclosed sidewalk café consent fees would be waived for the duration of the Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order No. 105 published on April 4, 2020.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1916-2020 *Andrew Cohen  COVID-19 Relief Package - Requiring the waiver and refund of certain sidewalk cafe revocable consent fees, and providing for the repeal of such provision upon the expiration thereof.IntroductionOn March 17, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several businesses were ordered to close. Restaurants were required to stop providing dine-in service. As restaurants face unprecedented financial losses and can no longer utilize their sidewalk cafes during the state of emergency, this bill requires the City to waive and/or refund all revocable consent fees for unenclosed sidewalk cafes due between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Enclosed sidewalk café consent fees would be waived for the duration of the Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order No. 105 published on April 4, 2020.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1921-2020 *Mark Gjonaj   Requiring third-party food delivery services and food service establishments to display sanitary inspection letter grades online.IntroductionThe Department of Health and Mental Hygiene inspects food service establishments for compliance with food safety rules at least once a year. These inspections result in the Department issuing a score, which corresponds to a letter grade. Food service establishments are required to post these grades in an area visible to passersby. However, consumers who purchase food or beverages online do not have access to such letter grades. This bill requires food service establishments and third-party food delivery services (such as Seamless or Grubhub) to post sanitary inspection grades on their websites or other online platforms.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1921-2020 *Mark Gjonaj   Requiring third-party food delivery services and food service establishments to display sanitary inspection letter grades online.IntroductionThe Department of Health and Mental Hygiene inspects food service establishments for compliance with food safety rules at least once a year. These inspections result in the Department issuing a score, which corresponds to a letter grade. Food service establishments are required to post these grades in an area visible to passersby. However, consumers who purchase food or beverages online do not have access to such letter grades. This bill requires food service establishments and third-party food delivery services (such as Seamless or Grubhub) to post sanitary inspection grades on their websites or other online platforms.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1932-2020 *Carlina Rivera   COVID-19 Relief Package - Personal liability provisions of leases for commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19.IntroductionThis bill would temporarily prohibit the enforcement of personal liability provisions in commercial leases or rental agreements involving a COVID-19 impacted tenant. This would apply to businesses that were impacted by mandated closures and service limitations in the Governor's Executive Orders. Specifically, it covers (1) businesses that were required to stop serving food or beverages on-premises (restaurants and bars); (2) businesses that were required to cease operations altogether (gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters); (3) retail businesses that were required to close and/or subject to in-person restrictions; and (4) businesses that were required to close to the public (barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services). Threatening to or attempting to enforce such a provision would also be considered a form of harassment.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1932-2020 *Carlina Rivera   COVID-19 Relief Package - Personal liability provisions of leases for commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19.IntroductionThis bill would temporarily prohibit the enforcement of personal liability provisions in commercial leases or rental agreements involving a COVID-19 impacted tenant. This would apply to businesses that were impacted by mandated closures and service limitations in the Governor's Executive Orders. Specifically, it covers (1) businesses that were required to stop serving food or beverages on-premises (restaurants and bars); (2) businesses that were required to cease operations altogether (gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters); (3) retail businesses that were required to close and/or subject to in-person restrictions; and (4) businesses that were required to close to the public (barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services). Threatening to or attempting to enforce such a provision would also be considered a form of harassment.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 1940-2020 *Steven Matteo PreconsideredLicense, permit, consent and registration renewal extensions, and requiring at least 45 days notice for renewal following the COVID-19 emergency.IntroductionThis bill requires city agencies to publish a list of any licenses, permits, consents or registrations that are not covered by the renewal extension provided for by section four of the Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order Number 107 issued on April 14, 2020. This list must be made available on agency websites no later than 14 days after the enactment of this bill. In addition, this bill requires that all renewal deadlines be no earlier than 45 days after section four of the Mayor’s emergency order lapses. For licenses, permits, consents or registrations that expire on or after March 12, 2020 and are for a term of less than 45 days, the renewal extension provided for in this bill shall only be for the original duration of such license, permit, consent or registration.Hearing on P-C Item by Comm  Action details Not available
Int 1940-2020 *Steven Matteo  License, permit, consent and registration renewal extensions, and requiring at least 45 days notice for renewal following the COVID-19 emergency.IntroductionThis bill requires city agencies to publish a list of any licenses, permits, consents or registrations that are not covered by the renewal extension provided for by section four of the Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order Number 107 issued on April 14, 2020. This list must be made available on agency websites no later than 14 days after the enactment of this bill. In addition, this bill requires that all renewal deadlines be no earlier than 45 days after section four of the Mayor’s emergency order lapses. For licenses, permits, consents or registrations that expire on or after March 12, 2020 and are for a term of less than 45 days, the renewal extension provided for in this bill shall only be for the original duration of such license, permit, consent or registration.P-C Item Laid Over by Comm  Action details Not available
Res 1049-2019 *The Public Advocate (Mr. Williams)  Prohibit the use of a confession of judgment in business loans.Resolution Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Res 1049-2019 *The Public Advocate (Mr. Williams)  Prohibit the use of a confession of judgment in business loans.Resolution Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
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