May 5, 2021

New York Senate Passes Bill to Allow Engineering, Architecture, and Land Survey Firms to Be Majority ESOP-Owned

NCEO founder and senior staff member

New York has traditionally been a state where it is difficult to operate as a majority ESOP-owned engineering, architectural, landscape architectural, or land survey firm. Existing law requires that a majority of the owners be licensed professionals. Following a 60-0 vote on May 4, the New York Senate passed S. 5261 a bill that would allow majority-owned ESOPs to qualify under New York corporate practice rules for these firms if 75% or more of the company’s voting trustees or ESOP plan committee (often the board of directors) are members of the profession. 

The bill now goes to the House.