Please note: this meeting has been deferred.
Meeting Name: Committee on Small Business Agenda status: Deferred
Meeting date/time: 10/19/2022 Deferred Minutes status: Deferred  
Meeting location: Committee Room - City Hall
Jointly with the Committee on Governmental Operations and the Committee on Immigration
Published agenda: Agenda Agenda Published minutes: Not available  
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T2022-2165 *   Oversight - Supporting Immigrant Small Businesses and Promoting Language Access.Oversight    Action details Not available
Int 0137-2022 *Julie Won  Requiring agencies to translate and distribute to community-based organizations emergency information in the designated citywide languages.IntroductionThis bill would require each covered agency to translate into the designated citywide languages and distribute to relevant community-based organizations any documents provided by the federal and state government that relate to declarations of emergency affecting New York City. It would also require agency language access plans to consider providing emergency notifications in the designated citywide languages.   Action details Not available
Int 0382-2022 *Gale A. Brewer  Requiring written communications regarding the results of inspections from the department of consumer and worker protection and the department of health and mental hygiene to be in the receiving business owner’s language of choice.IntroductionThis bill would require the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to add a space on permit and license applications for applicants to note their language of choice for mailings related to inspection results, including settlement offers for alleged violations. It would require that any settlement offer required to include an opportunity to cure be sent in English and any language specified by the individual receiving the settlement offer on an applicable permit application or that the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has learned of through the Mayor’s Office of Operations.   Action details Not available
Int 0570-2022 *Shahana K. Hanif  Establishing an office of translation and interpretation within the office of immigrant affairs.IntroductionThis bill would require the creation of an Office of Translation and Interpretation within the Office of Immigrant Affairs. This office would employ individuals proficient in the designated citywide languages to provide translation and interpretation services to city agencies. This office would also be required to assist city agencies with identifying translation and interpretation services for languages other than the designated citywide languages.   Action details Not available
Int 0685-2022 *Julie Menin  Establishing an office of small business digitalization and technical amendments in relation thereto.IntroductionThis bill would establish an Office of Small Business Digitalization, headed by a director, to coordinate and facilitate the digitalization of small businesses in the City. This bill would also require the Office to submit an annual report regarding the Office’s activities and the digitalization of small businesses to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council and post such report on its website.   Action details Not available
Int 0697-2022 *Sandra Ung  Requiring translations into languages that are not included in the language access law.IntroductionThis bill would amend the City’s Language Access Law to require that agency language access plans include language services for groups that have specific priority processing levels according to the U.S. State Department. It would also apply to languages spoken by people in countries that were designated for temporary protected status by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and languages spoken by people from a region for which the U.N High Commissioner on Human Rights has declared a level 3 emergency. This law would also apply to areas in the City that are subject to emergency or disaster declarations and also have a concentration of people that do not speak any of the designated citywide languages.   Action details Not available
Int 0699-2022 *Sandra Ung  Enhancing language access for small business owners.IntroductionThis bill would strengthen existing protections for immigrant small business owners, some of whom may have limited English proficiency. First, the bill would clarify and strengthen protections outlined in the Business Owner’s Bill of Rights and the Food Service Establishment Code of Conduct. It would also enhance the oversight and reporting duties of the Food Service Establishment Inspection Ombuds Office. Additionally, the bill would require the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to work with all of the city agencies that inspect small businesses to increase the number of bi- and multi-lingual inspectors so that by July 1, 2024 a small business owner may request a bilingual inspector for all inspections. Finally, the bill would require that by March 1, 2023, SBS and the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) develop and implement a plan by that would provide a small business owner with a written translation of OATH’s final decision at the time such decision is issued. The translation must include a disclaimer stating that it is strictly an informational document and that nothing within the translated text can be construed to create a cause of action or a defense in legal proceedings.   Action details Not available
Int 0700-2022 *Julie Won  Translation services for compliance materials.IntroductionThis bill would amend the Language Access Law to require agencies that provide direct public services to produce translations of written materials that the agency distributes when enforcing New York City laws and carrying out compliance actions.   Action details Not available
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