UI Child Care (A.6781/S.4644)

Date: 2017

A.6781 Solages

S.4644 Seward 

MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION

Unshackle Upstate, a non-partisan, pro-taxpayer, pro-economic growth, education and advocacy coalition made up of business and trade organizations from Upstate New York opposes the enactment of the aforementioned legislation.

If enacted, this bill would require the state Department of Labor to include the need to provide child care as a factor in satisfying the standards for work search requirements in order to claim unemployment benefits.

While Unshackle Upstate recognizes and understands the need to provide assistance and flexibility to families with regard to child care issues, we are concerned that this bill is drawn too broadly. It directs the Labor Commissioner to promulgate regulations to “take into account the need for claimants to provide child care for their child or children,” but it does not provide any specific guidance as to the scope and breadth of those regulations.

As a result, we are concerned that this legislation could have the effect of increasing the cost of unemployment insurance that employers are going to have to pay in this State.

As part of this year’s state budget, the Legislature enacted some important Workers’ Compensation reforms, which we hope will provide much-needed relief to employers.

We urge lawmakers not to take a step backward on employer costs by enacting legislation of this nature, which will have an adverse impact on employers’ unemployment insurance costs.

For these reasons, Unshackle Upstate opposes the enactment of this legislation.