Update Applicable to:
All employers in the state of New York.
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What happened, and what are the details?
On December 23, 2022, Governor Hochul vetoed Bill A9368/S8369B. The bill was modeled after the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, enacted in 2016 in New York City, and would have created a state-wide law with the same name, Freelance Isn’t Free Act. The bill would have created New York Labor Law 191-d, imposing requirements relating to payments and contracts with freelance individuals working as independent contractors.
On December 23, 2022, Gov. Hochul also vetoed Bill A5773/S2239. That bill would have created New York Executive Law 15-D and required contractors with agreements with a New York State agency exceeding $50,000 to submit equal pay reports that include compensation data by various employee demographics (e.g., race, gender).
Vetoed bills are returned to the chamber that first passed them. A two-thirds majority from both legislative houses can override a veto. Still, since the legislative session ended in 2022, the bills would need to be reintroduced as new bills during next year’s session that starts in January 2023.
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What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links provided above and be on the lookout for any news of these bills is possibly reintroduced come January 2023.