Legislation has passed as part of the 2019/2020 New York State budget that increases the cost of the criminal history record fees conducted by the Office of Court Administration’s (OCA) Criminal History Records Search (CHRS) Unit to $95 each. The legislation fee increase is now in effect.
The New York City Council has mandated that employers offer paid sick leave for workers by passing the New York City Earned Sick Time Act, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of the bill. At least five sick days per year have been awarded to almost one million employees under the new law, which will come into effect April 1, 2014. This is a big step for the city and human resources professionals should be aware of how to deal with the recent change in the coming months. New York follows Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Connecticut in the move to get employers to offer employees sick days.
The city of Moreau, New York, has been taking background checks into consideration as the Town Board focuses its efforts on the past actions of employees working with children, seniors and disabled members of the community, according to Post Star. Due to a recent case involving a past offender who falsified information on his job application for a town position, officials will be extra cautious when it comes to examining the criminal pasts of their employees. The background check policy focuses on employees in positions that deal with "vulnerable" members of society. Preston Jenkins, a supervisor for the town, says a background check should be routine for particular employers.
A town in upstate New York is set to implement a background check policy for all employees and job applicants to city positions after a man who lied about his status as a sexual offender was allowed to gain employment.
Add the city of Buffalo to the growing list of state and local governments that have moved to remove questions of criminal history from job applications. An interesting development in Buffalo's case is that the ordinance will apply to all employers within the city, not just public entities.