Critics argue that woke politician’s proposed bill for ‘worker safety’ could be detrimental to small businesses

Small Business owners and critics are up in arms over a new “worker safety” bill introduced by state Sen. Jessica Ramos in New York. The “Retail Worker Safety Act” would require retail shops to assess their stores for violent crime risks before developing and implementing plans for protecting their employees. This includes installing better outside lighting, using drop safes, and requiring staff to undergo safety training. Stores hit by violent attacks would also be required to hire a security guard.

Critics argue that the costly mandates of this bill would burden small businesses with hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses. Many owners fear that they may have to close down in order to comply with the new legislation. They see the bill as placing the blame on the victim, as they are already doing their best to keep their employees safe and minimize revenue losses to thieves.

Ramos’ legislation has reignited discussions about her previous initiatives, such as advocating for bail reform and defunding the police. Critics argue that these policies have contributed to a rise in retail crime, with shoplifting complaints increasing by 55.9% and robberies jumping by 26.4% in New York City. Critics believe that Ramos’ policies have created an environment where crimes thrive.

The bill, which is currently in the Labor Committee chaired by Ramos, has garnered two co-sponsors, Democratic Senators Jeremy A. Cooney and James Skoufis. However, Ramos did not respond to requests for comment. The controversial legislation is reminiscent of a similar bill passed in California last year, which requires employers to create a plan for addressing workplace violence and mandates employees to undergo training for their plans, while business owners must document violent incidents at the workplace.

The opposition to this bill is rooted in concerns over the financial burden it may place on small businesses and the belief that it places responsibility on business owners for an issue that has been exacerbated by certain policy initiatives. This sets the stage for a heated debate and potential challenges as the bill progresses through the legislative process.

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