NY Labor Law

Question

Are public library systems and public libraries (association, municipal, special district, school district) required to pay prevailing wage? It is highly recommended to pay the prevailing wage for work done using the NY State Aid for Library Construction Program funds. What about other projects - like electrician, snow removal, plowing, and plumbing that do not go out to bid?

Answer

The "Prevailing Wage Rate" (or "PWR") is a pay equity concept found in Article 8 and Article 9 of the New York State Labor Law.

Article 8 addresses PWR in construction contracts.

Article 9 addresses PWR in service contracts.


Question

[NOTE: This submission is based on real-life questions about the new requirement imposed by New York State Labor Law Section 590(2).]

Answer

Great questions!

Let's tackle[1] them:

Is this true?

Yes.  If you would like to look up the text of the law, which went into effect on November 13th, 2023, you can find it here: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/LAB/590.


Question

Should what we think of as the personnel policy be called Employee Handbook or Personnel Policy?

Answer

Ooh, an ontological question!

I am not sure about the basis of the past legal input mentioned in the question, differentiating a "policy" from a "handbook," but I (mostly) agree with it.


Question

How does the NY HERO Act https://dol.ny.gov/ny-hero-act apply to the different types of libraries? Are Association Libraries included?

Answer

The letters in the "NY HERO Act" stand for "Health and Essential Rights."[1]

What "essential rights" does it protect?