“In this age of high-tech, employers are screening job applicants more carefully, particularly for positions that have access to proprietary information and customer data. Credit checks are one of many tools that companies use to protect themselves and their customers from potential losses. Constructive negotiations with the de Blasio administration and the City Council resulted in a bill that strikes an important balance, enabling employers to conduct credit checks for the most sensitive job openings while reducing chances that a poor credit history will unfairly disqualify job candidates. Moving forward, it is important to monitor the cost and consequences of this and other new laws that limit the discretion of New York City employers in their hiring decisions.”
Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of The Partnership for New York City, issued the following statement on the Mayor’s new Center for Youth Employment. The Partnership for New York City, whose members employ over 1.5 million New Yorkers, is helping to fund the new center, a new mayoral initiative that will help the city’s young people gain the skills required to move out of poverty and to succeed in college and careers. The focus is on engaging private sector employers with the Department of Education and other city agencies and nonprofit groups that develop internships, mentors, summer jobs and other services for disadvantaged youth.
“This is the first major public-private partnership to be launched by the Mayor’s Fund and embraced by the business community as a shared priority. Business leaders share the concern of the de Blasio Administration that too many young people are not getting the education and work experience they need to qualify for a job that ‘pays the rent’ in New York City. Twenty-six Partnership members have contributed over $2.3 million in funding and job placement opportunities to launch the program.” – Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of The Partnership for New York City.
Today, 98 members of the Partnership for New York City, an organization made up of New York City’s business community, issued a letter to the entire New York State Congressional delegation pressing for support of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA). TPA would give the President the authority he needs to secure the advantages that trade initiatives will bring to American business and workers. To date, the majority of the State’s Congressional Delegation has opposed TPA.
“New York is a global city that will enjoy huge benefits from more open and robust international trade,” said Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City. “Our representatives should be leading the charge to support the President’s efforts to complete important trade agreements. Economics, not politics, should decide this issue.”
The letter notes that New York is one of the top beneficiaries of expanded global trade activity. Already, 25% of merchandise exports from the New York City metropolitan region are purchased by consumers in countries include in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The legislation should result in a significant increase in exports to markets along the Pacific Rim, creating more jobs and economic activity in the U.S. and New York.
The Partnership Fund invested in New Lab, an 84,000 square foot collaborative design and fabrication workspace – located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard—that brings together a community of designers, entrepreneurs, corporations, and academic institutions to foster innovations in industrial design, prototyping, robotics and new manufacturing. Upon completion in mid-2016, New Lab is expected to house 60+ businesses and to create over 300 jobs. Prior to opening, New Lab is operating an 8,000 SF beta space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which currently hosts 33 businesses with 44 employees.
New Lab is expected to have a significant impact on the economic growth of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the City. In addition to the Partnership Fund’s investment, New Lab is supported with funds from NYC Council, Regional Economic Development Council and other tax incentivized financing sources.
The Partnership for New York City today released its 2015 state budget priorities, focusing on job creation, education, infrastructure and opportunity for New Yorkers.
- Reform NYC Business Taxes
- Increase the state Minimum Wage and reduce regulatory burdens on business
- Avoid New Entitlements & Tax Increases
- Renew Mayoral Control & Increase Education Options
- Support the MTA & expand the role of the private sector in infrastructure finance and construction
February 12, 2015
RE: City Council Intro. 261, legislation to ban credit checks in employment
Dear Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Mark-Viverito,
The New York business community is concerned about the escalation in local legislative proposals that intrude into the relationships between private sector employers and their employees when it comes to hiring, compensation and other workplace decisions. New York already has one of the nation’s most heavily regulated business environments. There will be consequences for our economy if additional legal and regulatory burdens are imposed without regard to their impact on employers.
“The high volume of affordable housing production achieved during the Koch era was the result of robust public-private partnerships. A collaborative approach is even more important today since city government has little inventory of cheap land and construction costs have skyrocketed. While it was not explicit in the Mayor’s speech, I trust his administration understands that forging partnerships with the development and financial industries is the only way to accomplish his housing goals. In terms of other plans outlined today, the five borough ferry system and acceleration of bus rapid transit are transit improvements that the Partnership has long recommended and we heartily endorse.”
“The New York State Assembly must move promptly to put leadership in place that can get a budget completed before April 1 in order to prevent further loss of confidence in our state government. It appears that Assemblyman Carl Heastie will be the next Speaker and, after many years of working closely with him on issues of importance to the business community, I believe that he will be a strong and responsible leader. Carl is not only a smart political strategist, but also understands complex fiscal and economic issues, which is a combination of qualities that prepare him well for this new role.”
“The business community applauds Governor Cuomo’s commitment to accelerate the pace and enlarge the scope of improvements in the public education system, starting with continuation of mayoral control of the city schools and including the expansion of school choice, improving teacher quality and enforcing high standards of performance. His program seeks to align the interests of students, parents, educators and employers and provides the resources required to ramp up collective efforts to ensure opportunities for all New Yorkers.”
“Governor Cuomo’s 2015 agenda focuses squarely and appropriately on jobs and education. His plan builds on the accomplishments of his first term by addressing critical business priorities including infrastructure investment, education reform, a more competitive business and tax environment, and fostering innovation. We look forward to working with the Governor to translate this agenda into action.”