The Business Council has long been focused on workforce development in New York State. Many of our manufacturing members have told us they have difficulty finding high-skilled workers. David Robinson of The Buffalo News wrote that “nearly one of every three [Western New York] factory jobs [are] expected to come open within the next seven years.” With that in mind, writes Robinson, the Western New York Economic Development Council has “endorsed a plan to create a workforce training center that will help teach local workers the skills needed in today’s more advanced factory work.”
Today’s Buffalo News has a letter to the editor from Thomas B. Stebbins, executive director of Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York calling for the state to reform Section 240 of the New York State Labor Law. Also known as the Scaffold Law, Stebbins outlines how ultimately everyone, not just contractors, municipalities, schools and the state itself wind up paying.
It’s “the glue” that will hold a downtown Buffalo neighborhood together, the University of Buffalo‘s new Medical School. Stephen Watson, staff reporter for The Buffalo News, wrote about the $375 million facility slated to open in 2016. It’s a grand design.
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Annie Karni of Crain’s New York Business covered the recent Rebuilding New York conference where New York officials met to talk about rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy and about preparedness for the future.
Small Business Day on April 17th is the opportunity for New York businesses to speak out on reforming the state’s Scaffold Law. The current law places an absolute liability standard on businesses making them responsible for worker injuries, even if a worker has not taken responsibility for their own safety. This has led to increased business costs for New York employers who oversee work on job sites, with general liability insurance costing between 300% and 1200% higher than in other states.
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Business Council Memo Supporting Scaffold Law Reform
Crain’s New York Business: Developers take aim at ‘outmoded’ law
New York Real Estate Journal: An attorney discusses labor law 240 and shareholder renovations
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On The Hill’s blog, On The Money, Vicki Needham reported that “manufacturers say businesses are holding back on hiring because they are frustrated about the nation’s fiscal situation and its regulatory environment.” That from Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers. His comments followed the release of the February jobs report which showed an addition of 14,000 in manufacturing. Good, but not good enough.
Gannett’s Joseph Spector reports this morning on efforts by Rochester business leaders to get more state aid for their city. They were at the Capitol yesterday for what Spector called “their yearly lobbying push.” Sandy Parker, president & CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, was among those who met with Lt. Governor Robert Duffy and legislative leaders.