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NY Governor vetoes Temporary Employee Reporting Bill

It is a real relief to see the New York Governor’s veto of a legislation which could have adversely affected the use of temporary employees by state agencies. The bill had envisaged the imposition of a whole lot of reporting requirements on state agencies. It laid down requirements which are cumbersome in the extreme and definitely destined to act as a disincentive to the use of temporary employees by state agencies if only to avoid this onerous task.

If you think that I am exaggerating, take a look here at the list of requirements laid down by the legislation on the various state agencies and decide for yourself:

  • Itemized report on expenditures for each state agency towards temporary employment services for the previous calendar year.
  • Itemized list of all vacant positions for which each state agency used temporary employees in the previous calendar year.
  • Reports on expenditures incurred on each temporary employee in the previous calendar year, their job titles, with a classification as competitive and non-competitive. In the absence of a job title, a description of their duties should be compiled.
  • The length of time for which each employee was assigned, during the previous calendar year to each state agency; or the total period of assignment if it exceeds the previous calendar year.

Imagine the amount of inflexibility which would have been imposed upon the system! State agencies would have been severely handicapped in their ability to manage their personnel needs while meeting the above reporting requirements as it would have definitely entailed the induction of additional staff just to ensure its accomplishment. Alternatively, they may have been constrained to stay clear of using temporary employees, thus losing the efficiencies and cost-savings offered by the use of temporary workers. By requiring the reporting of expenditures and the competitive aspects of job titles, such reporting would also have encouraged the formation of special interest groups and the inevitable lobbying and manipulations which would follow such grouping.

The legislation was deemed unnecessary by people in the industry in view of the highly efficient RFP system which has been put in place by New York and more than that, the Governor could clearly see the kind of effort and additional cost such a bill would impose upon the state agencies.

Confucius has been credited with the pithy saying which goes – Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. All the intervening centuries have not been sufficient to impress it upon so many of us. Else, how can we explain the fact that this aspect (of addition burden in effort and cost) of the bill was missed or totally ignored all the time it was in motion, or passed in the house and moved up for the Governor’s approval?

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Lalita is a people/project manager with extensive experience in operations, HCM and training and development across industries like banking, education, business consulting, BPO and information technology. She believes in a dynamic approach to life and learning as change is the only constant.