Support Memo – A. 3702 Moya /S. 3415 Klein – PROVIDE JUSTICE FOR JOB SEEKERS

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Support Memo
ON ASSEMBLY CODES COMMITTEE 5/19/15

PROVIDE JUSTICE FOR JOB SEEKERS

A. 3702 Moya /S. 3415 Klein   

The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union workers and their families as well as our retirees and their families, supports the above-referenced legislation.

This legislation updates and strengthens regulations that protect job seekers.  It would require employment agencies to disclose information about fees and job openings up front, maintain adequate and accurate records, limit advance fees and include license numbers on advertisements. It would also require approval of form contracts, receipts and terms and conditions as part of the employment agency license application process.  Further, the legislation would prohibit employment agencies from advertising for openings that do not exist and would protect job seekers from retaliation by employment agencies.  This bill would  also grant enforcement authority to the Attorney General.

All too often, unscrupulous employment agencies, both licensed and unlicensed, exploit job seekers by flouting the law or tailoring their practices to take advantage of loopholes in the current law.  What makes this more appalling is that they prey on a particularly vulnerable population: women and men seeking work, so they can provide for themselves and their families.  This legislation is an important step in protecting job seekers.

Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be passed.

For further information, contact the Legislative Department at 518-436-8516.