ON SENATE LABOR AGENDA 5/22/17
PREVENT WORKPLACE VIOLENCE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
S5350 Alcantara/ A5391 Titus, et al
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 amends the Labor Law to require school districts to develop and implement workplace violence prevention programs. While current law requires public employers to develop workplace violence prevention programs, schools and school districts are excluded from the definition of “employer” for the purposes of workplace violence prevention.
This bill would require schools to do the same assessment of the workplace and develop a strategy to correct any areas of potential violence. This bill would simply hold school districts to the same high standard of workplace violence prevention as other public employers.
Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be passed.
For further information, contact the Legislative Department at 518-436-8516.