Posts tagged with "Mayor Eric Adams"

New York City wants to hire a ‘rat czar’—and could pay him or her $170,000 annually

December 7, 2022

New York City is hiring a leader to fight against residents’ common enemy: rats.

This week, the New York City Mayor’s Office posted a job listing for a “citywide director of rodent mitigation,” or as a city hall spokesperson dubbed it, “a rat czar,” reports CNBC.

The director, who will receive an annual salary between $120,000 and $170,000, will be expected to develop strategies, manage projects and lead teams against the city’s rodents.

The role’s listed requirements include a “background in urban planning” and a “virulent vehemence for vermin.”

The job posting added, “The ideal candidate is highly motivated and somewhat bloodthirsty—determined to look at all solutions from various angles, including improving operational efficiency, data collection, technology innovation, trash management, and wholesale slaughter.”

It also said the chosen applicant will have a “swashbuckling attitude, crafty humor, and general aura of badassery.”

The role’s more serious qualifications include an ability to “self-manage and conduct rigorous research and outreach,” a “desire to be entrepreneurial with an interest in social impact” and either experience in local government or a background in a “relevant” field.

New York is the country’s “second-rattiest” city, according to pest control company Orkin’s most recent annual rankings. As of October, New York’s sanitation department has reported more than 21,600 rat complaints in 2022, a sharp increase over pre-pandemic times.

The city is topped by Chicago in Orkin’s rankings, which has held the “rattiest city” title for eight consecutive years now—but New York rodents have a special place in the cultural zeitgeist.

They frequently go viral on social media after dragging various item —most popularly, pizza—down streets and sidewalks.

That’s no reason to keep the rats around, according to the city’s new job posting.

“Despite their successful public engagement strategy and cheeky social media presence, rats are not our friends,” the listing reads. “They are enemies that must be vanquished by the combined forces of our city government. Rodents spread disease, damage homes and wiring, and even attempt to control the movements of kitchen staffers in an effort to take over human jobs.”

Mayor Eric Adams appears particularly motivated to find an effective rat czar. On Thursday, he tweeted an article about the position, writing: “If you have the drive, determination, and killer instinct needed to fight New York City’s relentless rat population—then your dream job awaits.”

This isn’t the city’s first rat extermination effort of 2022. In October, the New York Sanitation Department announced that New Yorkers will be fined for putting trash on the curb before 8 p.m. starting in April 2023. Currently, residents can be fined for putting their trash out before 4 p.m.

“I want to be clear: The rats are absolutely going to hate this announcement,” New York Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch said while announcing the new policy. “But the rats don’t run the city. We do.”

Applicants for the rat czar role must submit a resume, cover letter, and three references. They also must have a New York residency within 90 days of their appointment, and must be vaccinated against COVID-19—a policy for all city employees hired since August 2, 2021.

Research contact: @CNBC

NYC to require salary range in job postings

April 29, 2022

Starting May 15, employers advertising jobs in New York City will be required to include the salary range for the positions in their postings, reports the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

The New York City Council passed the legislation last December15 and it awaits the signature of Mayor Eric Adams.

Currently, New York City employers can withhold pay information until the end of the hiring process.

“Lack of salary transparency is discriminatory and anti-worker,” said former Manhattan Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, a co-sponsor of the bill, whose term concluded at the start of this year.

Rosenthal added, “It is long overdue that New York City address the cause of significant inequity in the local hiring process—employers’ refusal to disclose a position’s salary. Forcing employers to disclose salary ranges for available positions will also help us to more readily identify systemic pay inequities.”

The bill will amend the New York City Human Rights Law to require that employers disclose minimum and maximum salaries for all advertised jobs, promotions or transfer opportunities located in New York City, explained Lisa Dayan, of counsel in the New York City office of Davis Wright Tremaine.

“As the term ‘salary’ is not defined, employers should comply with the new law regardless of whether a position is a salaried, exempt or hourly nonexempt position,” she said. “Failure to include a salary range would be considered a discriminatory practice.”

Kelly Cardin, an attorney in the Stamford, Connecticut, and New York City offices of Ogletree Deakins, said that the law would apply to employers with four or more employees, including independent contractors, but does not apply to job postings by staffing firms for temporary positions.

“Existing provisions … authorize the New York City Commission on Human Rights to impose civil penalties of up to $125,000 for unlawful discriminatory practices or acts,” Cardin noted.

Other states and cities have enacted a variety of salary transparency laws, either requiring employers to provide pay information upon an applicant’s request or at a specific time during the recruitment process, Dayan said.

“The New York City law is part of a growing trend of wage transparency laws that have been enacted in other jurisdictions in an effort to promote wage equity for groups who have historically received lower compensation,” she added. “So far, only Colorado’s law requires employers to include salary ranges in job postings.”

Dayan advised employers in New York City to “prepare for the new wage transparency law by reviewing the salary ranges of existing positions and determining whether to make any changes to those ranges to attract new candidates or retain current employees.”

Research contact: @SHRM

New York City to require employers to post salary

February 3, 2022

In an attempt to tackle pay inequality, New York City has become the latest jurisdiction to require most employers to specify salary ranges for all job postings, reports CNN.

The mandate will go into effect in April and will apply to employers with more than four employees (although it will exclude temporary hiring firms).

“Our new law shines a light on pay inequity,” Helen Rosenthal, a former City Council member and sponsor of the bill, told CNN in a statement. “Including pay ranges in job postings allows job seekers to determine whether they will be able to support themselves and their family when they apply for a job.”

Not posting the minimum and maximum salaries will be considered an “unlawful discriminatory practice” under the city’s human rights law and may result in a fine of up to $125,000.

Beverly Neufeld, president of PowHer New York—a nonprofit organization focused on economic equality for women that worked with Rosenthal on the legislation—called it a “concrete step in eliminating the causes of wage inequality.”

“This transformative law will minimize bias, maximize transparency, shift cultural norms and level the “paying” field,” she said in a statement.

A version of this bill has been introduced in the New York State Senate and other states have adopted similar measures. In 2019, Colorado became the first state to require the salary or hourly wage to be included in job postings.

The median salary for women was 18% lower than that of men in 2021–the equivalent of 82 cents on the dollar, and a 1 cent increase on 2020—according to Payscale, a compensation data company. The study also found that—when controlled for factors such as experience, industry and job level—women still make less even when they have the same employment characteristics: 98 cents for every dollar.

The salary-range legislation passed last month by the New York City Council with a 41 to 7 vote. Mayor Eric Adams had until Friday, January 28, at midnight to veto the bill to prevent it from becoming law.

Republican council member Joe Borelli, the minority leader, voted against the bill and called it “an unnecessary interference” in a contract negotiation. “This smacks as something someone who never has run a business would support,” he told CNN affiliate NY1.

Research contact: @CNN