Governor Hochul Signs Legislation to Protect Integrity of Public Work Projects

‚ÄčLegislation (S.5994C/A.1338C) Establishes Registration System for Contractors and Subcontractors Engaged in Public Work and Covered Private Projects to Better Enforce Labor Laws and RegulationsGovernor Kathy Hochul today signed legislation (S.5994C/A.1338C) into law, establishing a registration system for contractors and subcontractors engaged in public work and covered private projects in order to provide additional transparency and better enforce existing labor laws and regulations.  "This legislation will help ensure transparency, reduce fraud and ensure taxpayer money goes to contractors who treat their workers with dignity and respect," Governor Hochul said. "Our workers are the engine of our economy and we must do everything we can to protect their rights."    Legislation (S.5994C/A.1338C) creates a registration system for contractors and subcontractors that bid on contracts for public work projects and commence work on certain covered private projects that receive public subsidies in New York. This new law requires contractors and subcontractors to register with the Department of Labor by providing a series of disclosures about their businesses every two years. The Department of Labor will determine whether a contractor or subcontractor is fit to register, based on previous labor law and workers compensation law violations, including prevailing wage requirements, and create a publicly available online database. This law will ensure state and local entities engage with contractors and subcontractors that will abide by New York labor laws and regulations.