The amended bill comes two weeks after a tense virtual hearing for a previous round of proposed amendments, in which advocates accused lawmakers of watering down the wage disclosure law weeks before its effective date. vigor.
This measure, Local Law 32, makes it illegal for businesses with four or more employees to advertise jobs without a “good faith” pay scale, as described by the Municipal Human Rights Commission. Mayor Eric Adams vetoed the bill in January, positioning the law to take effect in May.
Citing concerns about feasibility and the legislative process behind the legislation, Councilman Nantasha Williams of Queens and Councilman Justin Brannan of Brooklyn proposed a series of amendments this month. Among the changes, the start date of the law would be pushed back to November 1; companies with less than 15 employees would be exempt; and employers would be allowed to post general job postings with no stated salary. The amendments also added language to exempt remote roles, even if the employee or business is based in New York.
Proponents of the original law strongly opposed the idea of exempting more employers and job titles.
“These are not proposed adjustments…these are exclusions that are huge and jeopardize everything we’ve tried to do together,” said Beverly Neufeld, president of PowHer New York, a women’s economic advocacy group, at a hearing on April 5. .
Backlash from the first round of amendments resulted in the current proposals.
In a statement Friday, Neufeld offered his support for the new version of the bill, saying the council “heard the concerns of advocates and workers, took them seriously, and made meaningful changes.”
Bronx Councilwoman Amanda Farías, co-chair of the council’s women’s caucus and chair of its economic development committee, joined the bill as a sponsor following the amendments.
Business groups that opposed the original law won some concessions, including deferred fines and limits on who can sue for an alleged violation. The majority of enforcement would go through fines issued by the city’s Human Rights Commission, as the bill is currently proposed.
The Partnership for New York City, a business group that led opposition to the original law, said it supported the amendments, though its praise was less than effusive.
“The changes included in this bill will, at the margins, make compliance with the law less burdensome,” said Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of the partnership. “At the same time, it is disappointing that advocates who have no responsibility for the implementation of legal mandates can make decisions about what is or is not enacted. We need a more deliberative and consultative legislative process, which the current leadership of the council seems determined to achieve.
The updated bill is not currently on any agenda for council consideration this week. A spokesperson for council chair Adrienne Adams did not immediately return a request for comment on when the bill might receive a vote.