Bill Text: NY S03677 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Makes unemployment insurance benefits available to essential federal workers during a federal government shutdown.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-12 - REFERRED TO LABOR [S03677 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S03677-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 12, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor
        AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to making unemployment insur-
          ance benefits available to essential federal workers during a  federal
          government shutdown
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The labor law is amended by adding a new section  591-b  to
     2  read as follows:
     3    §  591-b. Federal shutdown; benefits for essential federal workers. 1.
     4  As used in this section, the term:
     5    (a) "essential federal worker":
     6    (i) means an employee of a federal government agency who  is  required
     7  to work without pay during a shutdown; and
     8    (ii) is a resident of this state; and
     9    (b)  "shutdown" means any period in which there is more than a twenty-
    10  four hour lapse in appropriations for any federal government  agency  or
    11  federal department as a result of a failure of the federal government to
    12  enact a regular appropriations bill or continuing resolution.
    13    2.  Any  essential  federal  worker shall be eligible for unemployment
    14  insurance benefits pursuant to this article during the period of a shut-
    15  down. If a shutdown ends and an essential federal worker is paid by  the
    16  federal  government  for any period of time the essential federal worker
    17  worked without pay during the shutdown,  the  essential  federal  worker
    18  shall  reimburse  the  unemployment insurance fund in an amount equal to
    19  the  unemployment  insurance  benefits  the  essential  federal   worker
    20  received  during the period of the shutdown. Such reimbursement of unem-
    21  ployment insurance benefits by such essential federal worker shall occur
    22  within ninety days after the end of such  shutdown.  The  provisions  of
    23  this section shall apply regardless of passage of federal legislation or
    24  the  issuance  of  federal guidance from the United States department of
    25  labor or another federal agency which allows an essential federal worker
    26  to receive unemployment insurance benefits.
    27    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.