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Prevailing Wages for Employees Who Construct and Maintain Charter Schools

By Assemblyman Rory Lancman
Chair of the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety

Senate Labor Committee Chair George Onorato and I recently introduced S.7841/A.11206, which would mandate that prevailing wages are paid to employees who construct and maintain buildings that house charter schools.  This bill is especially important as the legislature recently authorized an increase in charter schools from 200 to 460 in New York State in order to secure education funding from the federal government.

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Assembly Takes Steps to Ensure Integrity of OSHA 10

Assemblyman Rory Lancman
Chair of the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety

In an effort to eliminate avoidable fatalities and injuries in the construction industry, New York State law requires construction workers on public projects costing more than $250,000 to undergo a ten hour course on workplace safety and health certified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), commonly referred to as the “OSHA 10 course.”  In spite of the good intentions set by this law, newspapers have uncovered instances of classes being given in two hours instead of ten, and in a bar rather than a classroom, diminishing the impact of the law. 

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Assembly Introduces Win-Win Legislation: Reducing Injuries Helps Workers and Saves the State Money

By Rory Lancman
Assemblyman and Chair of the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety

Each year the New York State Department of Civil Service writes a report detailing injuries at each state agency. However, there is no statutory requirement that the agencies actually incorporate lessons from the report into management plans preventing such injuries in the year to come. The State Workforce Injury Act, A.9724 (Lancman)/S.7500 (Addabbo) would require each state agency to examine its workplace injury report and collaborate with employee representatives to develop plans to reduce on-the-job injuries and illnesses.

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