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New Jersey Likely Next to Ban Discrimination Against the Unemployed

Earlier this month, we wrote about New Jersey’s proposed “ban the box” measure—a law that would prohibit employers from inquiring about job candidates’ criminal histories early in the hiring process—heading to Governor Chris...more

New Jersey State Senate Supports Bill Protecting Against Unemployment Bias

Earlier this week, the New Jersey State Senate advanced a bill (by a vote of 23-13) aimed at protecting unemployed New Jersey job seekers. The proposed language of bill S1440 would prevent employers from discriminating...more

The UNEMPLOYED – A Protected Category Coming To a Jurisdiction Near You

It is now illegal in New York City for employers to discriminate against job applicants based on their employment status. This June 2013 amendment to New York City’s Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) — a law already relished by...more

Reminder: “Unemployment” Status Is A Protected Category Under New York City Human Rights Law Effective June 11, 2013

As we previously covered in the March 20, 2013 issue of the New York eAuthority, New York City now recognizes “unemployment” status as a protected class under the New York City Human Rights Law....more

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

New York City Passes Law Prohibiting Discrimination Against the Unemployed

Under a recent amendment to the New York City Administrative Code, it is now unlawful to discriminate against job applicants based on their unemployment status. N.Y.C. Admin. Code. §§ 8-107(21)(a)(1)-(2). The law takes effect...more

New York City Law Prohibiting Discrimination Based on an Individual's Unemployment Status Goes Into Effect on June 11, 2013

This is just a friendly reminder that New York City’s new law prohibiting discrimination based on an individual’s current unemployment status is set to become effective next week, June 11, 2013. Employers: if you have not...more

New York City Bans Discrimination Based Upon Employment Status

On March 13, 2013, the New York City Council expanded the scope of the New York City Human Rights Law’s already-broad anti-discrimination provisions to prohibit discrimination based upon a prospective employee’s employment...more

New York City Passes Bill Treating the Unemployed as a Protected Class

New York City has amended its Administrative Code to create a new protected class of workers. Beginning in June 2013, the New York City Administrative Code will prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s unemployment...more

New York City’s New Far-Reaching "Unemployment" Discrimination Law

On June 11, 2013, New York City will join New Jersey, Oregon and Washington D.C. as one of the few jurisdictions with legislation prohibiting discrimination against unemployed job applicants. Passed by the New York City...more

Take 5 Newsletter: EEOC Update; Intern Wage and Hour Claims; NLRB Quorum; Unemployment Discrimination; Social Media Passwords

EEOC Releases Letter Addressing Wellness Programs and Reasonable Accommodation Obligations - In a letter issued recently by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), Peggy Mastroianni, the agency's Legal Counsel,...more

New York City Enacts Law Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Unemployment Status

On March 13, 2013, the New York City Council passed a bill amending the New York City Human Rights Law to prohibit discrimination based on an individual's unemployment, overriding Mayor Bloomberg's veto. The law is the latest...more

A Look At The Toughest Unemployment Discrimination Law

Originally Published in Employment Law360 on March 20, 2013. Employers in New York City are just beginning to grip the scope of a new law that gives job applicants protection from unemployment discrimination.1 Set to...more

New York City Council Passes Law Prohibiting Discrimination Against Unemployed, Overriding Mayor’s Veto

On March 13, 2013, the New York City Council voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of Bill Number 814-A, which prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants on the basis of employment status....more

Amendment to New York City Human Rights Law to Prohibit Discrimination Against Unemployed Persons

Effective June 11, 2013, the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) will prohibit discrimination against unemployed persons. This amendment to the NYCHRL was passed by the New York City Council on January 23, 2013, as Int....more

New York City Prohibits Discrimination Against The Unemployed

On March 13, 2013, the New York City Council overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of legislation prohibiting New York City employers from discriminating against unemployed job applicants. In so doing, New York City joins New...more

New York City Council Overrides Mayor Bloomberg’s Veto And Passes Law Prohibiting “Unemployment” Discrimination

New York City will soon become one of only a handful of jurisdictions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of “unemployment” status and, in doing so, has adopted arguably the most stringent such law in the United States....more

New York City Employers Cannot Discriminate Based on Unemployment Status As of June 11, 2013

The New York City Council continues to grow the chasm that exists between New York City employment law and its state and federal counterparts. Specifically, on March 13, 2013, the council overwhelmingly enacted (by a 43-4...more

New York City Passes Legislation Prohibiting Employers From Discriminating Against The Unemployed

Effective June 11, 2013, employers in New York City will be prohibited from basing an employment decision with regard to hiring, compensation or the terms and conditions of employment on the fact that an applicant is...more

Discrimination Against the Unemployed Now Prohibited in New York City

New York City employers beware: The New York City Council has once again acted to expand the nation’s broadest anti-discrimination law — this time to prohibit discrimination against New York City’s unemployed. The law will go...more

New York City Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto To Prohibit Discrimination Based on Unemployment Status

On January 23, 2013, the New York City Council passed Int. #0814-2012 (the "new Local Law"), which amends the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL") to prohibit discrimination against job applicants based on their...more

Unemployment: New Basis For Discrimination Under Proposed Law

The New York City Council has recently taken steps to expand anti-discrimination laws by prohibiting employers from discriminating against job applicants on the basis of their employment status. If enacted, Bill 814-A would...more

Bloomberg Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Against Jobless

On Friday, Mayor Bloomberg vetoed a controversial bill passed by the NYC Council which prohibits employers from advertising that unemployed candidates will not be considered for job openings and from considering a job...more

New York City on the Verge of Prohibiting Discrimination Based on an Individual's Unemployment Status

New York City employers beware: The New York City Council has once again acted to expand the nation’s broadest anti-discrimination law – this time to prohibit discrimination against New York City’s unemployed. While several...more

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