Anna A. Cohen

Anna A. Cohen

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Act Now Advisory: Changes to New York State's Unemployment Insurance Laws May Affect Employers' Severance Procedures and How...

In response to a federal mandate requiring states to restructure their unemployment insurance ("UI") laws to reduce government spending on UI benefits, New York State has amended its law in a way that may cause New York...more

4/25/2014 - DOL Severance Agreements Severance Pay Unemployment Unemployment Insurance

Act Now Advisory: Nothing to Sneeze At: New York City Mayor Signs Earned Sick Time Act into Law, Effective April 1

On March 20, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed his first bill into law as mayor, amending the Earned Sick Time Act ("ESTA"), which requires the City's private employers with five or more employees to provide...more

3/25/2014 - Employee Rights Paid Leave Sick Leave

Act Now Advisory: New York City Council Expands Scope of Paid Sick Time Law

On February 26, 2014, the New York City Council ("City Council") voted to expand the City's paid sick leave law, the Earned Sick Time Act ("ESTA"). In a 46-to-5 vote, the City Council passed an amendment to the ESTA requiring...more

3/3/2014 - Compliance Employee Benefits Employee Rights Sick Leave

Act Now Advisory: January 2014 New Arrival: New York City's Reasonable Accommodation Law (and Accompanying Notice Requirements)...

As we previously reported (see the Act Now Advisory titled "New York City Human Rights Law Expanded to Require Employers to Reasonably Accommodate Pregnant Employees"), on October 2, 2013, former New York City Mayor Michael...more

1/20/2014 - Employee Rights Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals New Hires Notice Requirements Personnel Records Posting Requirements Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation

Act Now Advisory: Reminder to New York Employers: Annual Wage Notices Must Be Distributed by February 1 and Minimum Wage Has...

New York employers should be aware that, effective December 31, 2013, the statewide minimum wage increased from $7.25 to $8.00 per hour. This is the first in a series of incremental changes that will see the hourly minimum...more

1/13/2014 - Compliance DOL Employee Rights Minimum Wage Wages

Act Now Advisory: It's Official ... New York City's Earned Sick Time Act Will Become Effective April 1, 2014

As we previously reported (see the Act Now Advisory titled "New York City Paid Sick Time Law Will Likely Become Effective"), on May 8, 2013, the New York City Council passed the Earned Sick Time Act ("ESTA"), requiring...more

1/7/2014 - Collective Bargaining Compliance Employee Rights Sick Leave

Act Now Advisory: New York State Department of Labor Adopts Wage Deduction Regulations

The New York State Department of Labor ("DOL") has adopted wage deduction regulations ("Final Regulations") pertaining to the expanded categories of permissible wage deductions in the New York Labor Law, effective October 9,...more

10/14/2013 - Minimum Wage Notice Requirements Overpayment Wage Advances Wage Deductions Wages

Act Now Advisory: FMLA Update: Protected Leave Available to Same-Sex Spouses

The U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") announced that, as of August 9, 2013, it had updated guidance documents to remove references to the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") in order to affirm the availability of spousal leave...more

8/19/2013 - Compliance DOL DOMA Employee Benefits FMLA Healthcare Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Act Now Advisory: New York State Releases Proposed Wage Deduction Regulations

The New York State Department of Labor ("DOL") recently published its long-awaited proposed regulations ("Proposed Regulations") pertaining to the newly expanded categories of permissible wage deductions pursuant to the New...more

7/5/2013 - DOL Employee Benefits Overpayment Wage Deductions

Act Now Advisory: New York City Human Rights Law Amended to Prohibit Discrimination Based on Unemployment Status

As we previously advised in the April 2013 issue of Epstein Becker Green’s Take 5 Newsletter, on June 11, 2013, over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto, an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) becomes...more

6/12/2013 - Damages Discrimination Disparate Impact Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Local Ordinance Municipalities NYCHRL Unemployment Discrimination

Act Now Advisory: New York City Paid Sick Time Law Will Likely Become Effective

On May 8, 2013, the New York City Council approved a legislative amendment that would create a statutory entitlement to sick time for employees working in New York City. The amendment, entitled the "Earned Sick Time Act"...more

5/17/2013 - ESTA Local Ordinance Medical Leave Municipalities Notice Requirements Paid Leave Recordkeeping Requirements

Act Now Advisory: FMLA UPDATE: Expanded Leave for Military Families and Airline Flight Crews

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Final Rule will go into effect, implementing regulations expanding Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) protections to military families and airline flight crews,...more

3/11/2013 - DOL Flight Crews FMLA Medical Leave Military Service Members NDAA Recordkeeping Requirements USERRA

Act Now Advisory: It's That Time of Year: New York Employers Must Issue Annual Wage Notices Under the Wage Theft Prevention Act

For the second time since the enactment of New York's Wage Theft Prevention Act ("WTPA"), New York employers must issue a written annual notice and acknowledgment of pay rates and pay dates ("Notice") to all New York...more

1/4/2013 - Notice Requirements Wage Theft Prevention Act Wages

Act Now Advisory: Employers Must Update FCRA Notices in Background Screening Process by January 1, 2013

Effective January 1, 2013, employers must begin using a new Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA") notice in connection with their background screening process. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB")recently issued...more

12/24/2012 - Background Checks CFPB FCRA Summary of Rights

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