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Proposed Law Would Prohibit New York City Employers From Inquiring Into Applicants’ Wage History

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James has introduced legislation before the City Council that would amend the New York City Human Rights Law to make it an unlawful employment practice for employers to request job...more

Proposed Amendment to NYC Human Rights Law Would Prohibit Discrimination Against Uniformed Service Members and Veterans

An amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) introduced before the City Council this week would add current or prior service in the uniformed services as a protected class under the law. If approved by the...more

Philadelphia Restricts Employers’ Use of Credit Information

Last month, Mayor Jim Kenney signed amendments to Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance that restrict employers’ use of credit information for employment purposes. Starting today, Philadelphia employers now generally cannot...more

NY Employer Alert: Human Rights Division Expands Scope of Discrimination Law

Ben Franklin advised colonists to "Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none." He may have offered similar advice today, following the adoption of a new regulation by the New York...more

NYC Lays Down Law (And The Wave Of The Future?) On Gender Identity Discrimination

We have seen a veritable maelstrom of controversy surrounding transgender rights and other gender identity issues in the past year, and especially in the last several weeks, with everyone weighing in on the subject from...more

NYC Issues Guidance on Protections for Pregnant Employees

On May 6, 2016, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued guidance that defines what constitutes pregnancy discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), and provides clear examples of when and...more

New York City Commission on Human Rights Publishes Legal Enforcement Guidance on Discrimination on the Basis of Pregnancy

The New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) is New York City’s local law that prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing. The New York City Commission on Human Rights (“Commission”) has...more

Reminder for NYC Employers: Ban on ‘Caregiver’ Discrimination Has Taken Effect

On May 4, a New York City law barring discrimination against “caregivers” took effect. Specifically, the law prohibits employers from taking an adverse action (e.g., refusing to hire, firing, or demoting), or otherwise...more

NY Transit Agencies Escape Vicarious Liability for Contractors Alleged Discrimination

It is not uncommon for companies to contract their daily business operations to third-party companies. In Motta et al v. Global Contact Services, Inc., the court addressed whether such relationships relieve the outsourcing...more

NYC Institutes Ban on Pre-Employment Credit Checks

Most prudent employers these days run background checks of prospective employees as part of the hiring process. While this practice is expanding, so is the network of laws and regulations employers must consider when...more

New York State and New York City Pass Landmark Employment Legislation: Will 2016 Be “The Year of the Worker”?

After agreeing last week on a 2016-17 Executive Budget that includes several key labor and employment provisions, New York State Independent Democratic Caucus Leader Jeffrey Klein declared that “[t]his truly is the Year of...more

Mayor de Blasio Signs New Laws Strengthening NYC’s Human Rights Law

On Monday, March 28, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed several bills (Intros 814-A, 818-A, and 819) amending the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”). The amendments strengthen employee protections by changing existing...more

NYCCHR Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Rules to Fair Chance Act

Today, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“NYCCHR”), held a public hearing on the proposed amendments to the Fair Chance Act (“FCA”), which prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of criminal history against...more

New York City Publishes Proposed Rules to Amend the Fair Chance Act

On February 16, 2016, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“Commission”) published proposed rules (“Proposed Rules”) to the City’s Fair Chance Act (“Act”). The Act controls when New York City employers can inquire...more

The New York City Commission on Human Rights Doubles Penalties Collected in 2015

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (“NYCCHR”) recently announced that it collected $1.4 million in penalties in 2015, which is double the amount collected in 2014. Carmelyn P. Malalis joined the NYCCHR in February...more

Overview of Proposed Fair Chance Act Rules

As mentioned in our recent post, the New York City Commission on Human Rights is proposing to amend its rules to establish various definitions and clarify certain requirements under the Fair Chance Act.  Key aspects of the...more

The New York City Commission On Human Rights Becomes The First And Only Anti-Discrimination Agency In A Major U.S. City To Provide...

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights Carmelyn P. Malalis announced on February 9, 2016 that the Commission would begin accepting requests for and issue U and T...more

Important Regulatory Changes On The Horizon

2016 has certainly started out to be an active year for employers. Of particular note, New York lawmakers and regulators, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), have been busy promulgating impactful...more

New York City Expands Human Rights Law to Prohibit Employment Discrimination Against Caregivers

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation that expands the New York City Human Rights Law, making New York City the latest municipality to protect caregivers from discrimination in their terms...more

NYC Employers Risk New Penalties in 2016: Gender and Caregiver Discrimination, Paying Freelancers

In December 2015, New York City lawmakers introduced or approved three important legal actions that will affect the City’s employers: (1) publication of enforcement guidance on gender, gender identity, and gender expression...more

NYC Offers Guidance on Avoiding Discrimination Based on Gender Identity

The guidance may help employers nationally comply with the trend toward protecting transgender individuals’ rights. Despite their increasingly positive representation in US media and culture (e.g., Caitlyn Jenner and the...more

Understanding New York Regulations Regarding Prohibited Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity, Transgender Status, or...

New York State and New York City both recently enacted regulations and enforcement guidance designed to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity, transgender status, gender expression and gender dysphoria. Both...more

New York State Division of Human Rights Adopts Regulations Prohibiting Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals

As we reported in a blog post last month, although neither the federal nor state law expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression, Governor Cuomo bypassed the legislative process and urged...more

New York City Human Rights Law Expanded To Protect Caregivers

The New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) forbids employment discrimination on the basis of a number of protected characteristics, such as age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender (including gender identity and...more

The NYC Commission on Human Rights Issues Sweeping Guidance Related to its Long-Standing Gender Discrimination Prohibition

On December 21, 2015, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”) issued enforcement guidance (the “Guidance”) regarding discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression. The Guidance explains...more

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