N.Y., N.J. Port Authority to Require Contractors to Provide Health Coverage

September 21, 2007

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has initiated a policy requiring parking lot, landscaping, cleaning and other contractors it uses to carry health insurance for their employees.

The stated policy will require contractors “bidding on Port Authority non-trade labor service contracts to provide their full-time employees and their families with not less than an established basic level of health-insurance coverage at no cost to the employee, while ensuring that employees receive appropriate wages.”

According to the announcement, those covered under the policy include cleaning services, security guards, parking lot operators, ground transportation services, customer service representatives, taxi dispatching services and landscaping services.

The new policy will cover approximately 1,600 workers that do not currently have coverage, according to officials.

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