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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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