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New York State Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rules for Payroll Debit Cards

The New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) recently announced that it had published proposed regulations (“Proposed Regulations”) governing employers’ use of payroll debit cards as a permissible method of wage payment....more

7/15/2015 - Best Management Practices Employer Liability Issues Payroll Cards Proposed Regulation Wages

Massachusetts Issues Final Earned Sick Time Regulations—Law Becomes Effective July 1, 2015

On June 19, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office filed its final regulations (“Final Regulations”) to implement the Commonwealth’s Earned Sick Time law, which was enacted through a ballot vote in November 2014....more

6/29/2015 - Earned Sick Time FMLA Paid Leave Parental Leave Sick Leave

New York City Is Expected to Become the Latest Jurisdiction to “Ban the Box”

On the heels of banning credit checks for most applicants for employment in New York City, on June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed citywide ban-the-box legislation, formally titled the “Fair Chance Act” (“Act”)....more

6/19/2015 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Fair Chance Act Hiring & Firing New Legislation

Department of Labor Publishes Updated Family and Medical Leave Act Forms

On May 27, 2015, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued new model Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) notices and medical certification forms. The previously issued forms expired as of February 28, 2015, without any update...more

6/11/2015 - DOL FMLA Forms Popular Required Forms

Five Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management Concerns Impacting Retailers

Retailers will be busy this summer attempting to conform their policies and procedures to various local, state, and federal laws, such as the spate of state and city sick leave laws, and analyzing proposed amendments by the...more

6/1/2015 - Affordable Care Act Ambush Election Rules EEOC Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies New Legislation NLRB Popular Proposed Regulation Retailers Sick Leave Wage and Hour Wellness Programs

New York City Expected to Ban the Use of Credit Checks in Employment

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council passed an amendment (“Amendment”) to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) that, if signed into law, would make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for employers to use...more

4/25/2015 - Background Checks Credit Reports Discrimination FINRA NYCHRL Popular Proposed Amendments

Philadelphia Joins Growing List of Cities with Paid Sick Leave Laws

On February 12, 2015, the Philadelphia City Council passed the “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” Ordinance (“Ordinance”), requiring private employers with 10 or more employees in the city of Philadelphia to provide...more

4/23/2015 - Employer Mandates Healthy Families Act Local Ordinance Paid Leave Sick Leave

New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Update: Annual Notice Requirement Is Removed for 2015

On December 29, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the long-awaited amendment (“Amendment”) to the Wage Theft Prevention Act (“WTPA” or “Act”) and a chapter memorandum. Notably, the Amendment and the chapter memorandum...more

1/6/2015 - Andrew Cuomo Annual Notices Notice Requirements Wage Theft Prevention Act Wages

Protecting Your Workforce: What You Need to Know About Ebola

The Ebola virus disease (“Ebola”) has become a worldwide threat, which, among many other effects, has forced employers to think about how to protect their employees. Employers also must consider how Ebola might impact...more

11/4/2014 - CDC Ebola Safety Precautions

Act Now Advisory: Unpaid Interns in New York State Continue to Gain Protections Under Anti-Discrimination Laws

On July 22, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an amendment to the New York State Human Rights Law ("NYSHRL"), adding a section relating to discriminatory practices against unpaid interns. The amendment, which gives unpaid...more

8/5/2014 - Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing New Amendments Unpaid Interns

Act Now Advisory: New York State's Medical Marijuana Law Gives Workplace Anti-Discrimination Protection

On July 7, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly signed into law New York State's first marijuana legalization law—the Compassionate Care Act ("Act"). The Act (which was actually signed on July 5, 2014, after weeks of...more

8/4/2014 - ADA Best Management Practices Compassionate Use Act Corporate Counsel Disability Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Healthcare Marijuana Medical Marijuana Popular Training

Act Now Advisory: Japanese Parent Company May Be Liable for Employment Decisions of Its US Subsidiary

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently decided a case that should be taken into consideration when Japanese (and other foreign-based) companies determine the level of active involvement that their parent...more

7/21/2014 - Corporate Counsel International Labor Laws Japan Parent Corporation Subsidiaries

Act Now Advisory: Will New York Employers Finally Be Relieved of Annual Reporting Obligations Under the Wage Theft Prevention Act?

A recently proposed amendment ("Amendment") to New York's Wage Theft Prevention Act ("WTPA" or "Act") would provide less burdensome employer reporting obligations but increase penalties under the Act. The Amendment passed the...more

7/3/2014 - Notice Requirements Proposed Amendments Wage and Hour Wage Theft Wage Theft Prevention Act

Act Now Advisory: The EEOC Is Scrutinizing Separation Agreements: Does Yours Hold Up?

In its "Strategic Enforcement Plan for FY 2013-2016," the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC" or "Agency") identifies "Preserving Access to the Legal System" as one of its six core priorities. The Agency...more

6/6/2014

Act Now Advisory: Unpaid Interns Now Afforded Same Discrimination Protections as Employees Under the New York City Human Rights...

On March 26, 2014, the New York City Council passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL"), giving unpaid interns the same anti-discrimination protections under the law as is available to employees. The...more

4/4/2014 - Discrimination Human Rights NYCHRL Unpaid Interns

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

Take 5 Newsletter: 5 Employment Law Considerations in "The Cloud"

What is "the cloud," and what on Earth (pun intended) does cloud computing have to do with employment law? While many definitions abound, cloud computing at its core is a form of remote electronic data storage,...more

3/20/2014 - Cloud Computing Cloud-Based Services Data Breach Data Protection Electronically Stored Information HIPAA Jurisdiction PHI Wage and Hour

Take 5 Newsletter: Five New Challenges Facing Retail Employers

Retailers face new challenges every day as a result of legislation, litigation, and technology. This Take 5 addresses some of these challenges. 1. Pregnancy Accommodation - Several states and municipalities...more

2/21/2014 - Contract Drafting Cybersecurity EEOC Hiring & Firing Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Racial Profiling Reasonable Accommodation Release Agreements Retailers Separation Agreement Severance Agreements Social Media Title VII

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 City Human Rights Law Expanded to Require Employers to Reasonably Accommodate Pregnant Employees

On October 2, 2013, following a unanimous New York City Council vote, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill amending the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL") to require most New York City employers to reasonably...more

10/14/2013 - Discrimination Employee Rights Human Rights Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation

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