NYC Mayor Signing a Bill into Law
Mayor de Blasio a bill into law

He Signs Legislation to Require City Contractors to Enter Labor Peace Agreements

From the office of the Mayor of New York City:

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today signed a bill to require city human services contractors to enter into labor peace agreements within 90 days of receiving a city contract and held a public hearing on a bill to protect domestic workers from discrimination under the human rights law.

“New York City puts working people first,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “These two pieces of legislation are critical, from protecting domestic workers to ensuring New York City remains a union town. I thank Speaker Johnson, Council Member Rose and the City Council for their partnership on these critical issues.”

Intro. 2252-A, sponsored by Speaker Johnson, requires city human services contractors to negotiate with labor organizations for a labor peace agreement when a labor organization provides notice to a city human services contractor. To ensure compliance with this requirement, this bill provides that a human service provider must provide an attestation to the City regarding any relevant labor peace agreements no later than 90 days after the human services contractor is awarded a contract.

Intro. 339-B, sponsored by Council Member Debi Rose, adds domestic workers to the scope of employees covered under the NYC Human Rights Law, and requires employers to take CCHR’s sexual harassment training and give employees a notice of rights. 

“As the agency that enforces the NYC Human Rights Law, the NYC Commission on Human Rights fully supports Intro 339 which extends employment protections to domestic workers, one of the fastest growing sectors of the service economy,” said Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair and Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights. “Family care-givers, home health aides, and house cleaners are often vulnerable to discrimination and harassment by nature of being a single employee in their workplace. This bill will allow the Commission to apply the protections of the NYC Human Rights Law to domestic workers—ensuring that New Yorkers dedicated to the work of caring can access remedies available to other workers in New York City. We look forward to the signing of this bill, which will help make New York City a safer city for all workers.”

This press release was shared by the office of the Mayor of New York City, and views thereby expressed are solely authors.

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