Albany Democrats have introduced legislation to permit some foot-weary working New Yorkers to sit down on the job — regardless of the chance of making a future “Seinfeld” safety state of affairs that includes a comfortable retailer guard napping on the job.
“Jokes are humorous – however I feel inside purpose, the argument might be made that we ought to be permitting people to sit down at any time when attainable,” Assemblywoman Karines Reyes (D-Bronx), a registered nurse skilled in accumulating steps, mentioned concerning the invoice she is sponsoring with state Sen. Rachel Might (D-Syracuse).
An analogous argument was made by the fictional George Costanza in a well-known episode of the traditional comedy collection earlier than robbers pillage a retailer whereas a safety guard dozes in a rocking chair supplied by the neurotic protagonist.
Grocery store cashiers, bodega clerks and people with jobs requiring a number of display time are examples of people that Reyes says her laws would possibly assist whereas employees in different jobs, like prowling safety guards, might need to remain on their toes.
The invoice – and its doubtlessly comedic proportions – was first reported by radio host David Lombardo on Monday.
Analysis reveals extended intervals of standing could cause well being issues large and small from drained toes to cardiovascular issues, in response to a legislative memo accompanying the so-called “Standing is Tiring (SIT) Act.”
“This laws presents an affordable step on this route: requiring employers to offer workers who can sit with the power to take action and stopping employers from setting up workplaces to drive extended standing unnecessarily,” the memo states.
The invoice, formally launched Sept. 9, would empower the state Division of Labor to find out guidelines on who would get to sit down throughout work and whose duties enable employers to require them to face.
Members of the Democratic-dominated state Senate and Meeting are scheduled to return to Albany subsequent January.
That timeline will give proponents time to succeed the place Costanza did not a lot comedic impact – pondering by way of the complete results of permitting extra folks to sit down on the job by speaking to employees and executives alike.
“We’re making an attempt to be sure that folks can really work and work for a very long time. The worst factor in life is having a job that you already know kills you in a number of years and cuts you out on incapacity,” Reyes instructed The Publish.