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New York City Expands Coverage of Earned Sick Time Act

New York City Mayor de Blasio has signed an amendment to the New York City Earned Sick Time Act (the “Act”) expanding the Act’s coverage in two significant respects. First, effective May 5, 2018, the Act will be known as...more

New York Paid Family Leave Forms Now Available

New York State’s Paid Family Leave Law (the “PFL Law”) takes effect on January 1, 2018. Under the PFL Law, eligible employees may take paid family leave for (1) child bonding, (2) to care for a family member with a serious...more

New York City Law Prohibiting Inquiries Regarding Applicant Salary History Takes Effect 10/31/17

As described in our previous advisories, New York City recently amended its Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) to prohibit inquiries into applicants’ salary histories during the hiring process (the “Amendments”), effective...more

Rules Interpreting NYC “Ban the Box” Law Take Effect on August 5, 2017

Earlier this year, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission,” or “NYCCHR”) promulgated a set of rules (the “Rules,” available here) relating to employers’ duties under the Fair Chance Act (the “FCA,” or...more

Rules Interpreting Freelance Isn’t Free Act Impose Additional Obligations on Businesses Working With NYC Freelancers

On May 1, 2017, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (the “DCA”) promulgated rules which purport to “clarify” the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (the “Act”). Those rules impose more extensive limitations on businesses...more

New York's New Paid Family Leave Law: FAQs

New York’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (the “NYPFL Law”), the most comprehensive paid family leave program in the nation, goes into effect January 1, 2018. Starting on that date, employees will be eligible for up to eight...more

NYC Ban on Salary History Inquiries Set to Take Effect on October 31, 2017

Newly enacted amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law (the “Amendments”) with an effective date of October 31, 2017 will, under most circumstances, prohibit inquiry into a job applicant’s pay history. As of October...more

Reminder: New York City Ordinance Requiring Written Freelancer Agreements with Specific Provisions Takes Effect May 15, 2017

Late last year, we issued a client alert concerning the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (the “Act”), an ordinance which requires all agreements with freelancers operating in New York City with a value of $800 or more to be in...more

Asking Job Applicants About Their Salary History Set to Become Unlawful in New York City in Late 2017

To promote fair employment practices and close the pay gap for women and people of color, Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign a bill passed by an overwhelming majority of the New York City Council on April 5, 2017 that...more

NY Regulations on Wage Payment by Direct Deposit / Payroll Debit Cards Have Been Invalidated

The New York State Industrial Board of Appeals (the “IBA” or the “Board”) invalidated regulations scheduled to take effect on March 7, 2017, that would have enhanced the notice and authorization requirements for employers...more

Significant Changes to NY State Minimum Wage and Exempt Salary Obligations Take Effect on December 31, 2016

Attention was scarcely paid to an October 2016 issuance of proposed wage orders by the New York State Department of Labor. But they are now set to take effect December 31, 2016, and employers must be aware of their...more

Freelance Isn’t Free Act Imposes Additional Duties Upon Businesses Contracting With NYC Freelancers

New York City has adopted a novel ordinance, known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (the “Act”), requiring employers and individual independent contractors (a/k/a freelancers) to reduce to writing any single agreement with a...more

New York State Adopts Paid Family Leave and $15/Hour Minimum Wage

New York state has enacted two new major employment laws that all New York employers need to prepare for: (1) the most comprehensive paid family leave law in the country commencing in 2018; and (2) beginning Dec. 31, 2016,...more

NYC to Require Most Employers to Offer Qualified Transportation Benefits

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the New York City Affordable Transit Act (the “Act”) will require covered employers to establish a program allowing full-time employees to designate up to the federal limit of $130 per month in pre-tax...more

NYC Mayor Signs “Ban the Box” Legislation Prohibiting Criminal Background Inquiries Prior to Offers of Employment

On Oct. 27, 2015, the new NYC Fair Chance Act ( “FCA”), recently signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio, takes effect. The FCA prohibits most New York City employers from making inquiries into an applicant’s criminal...more

Mayor Signs NYC Ban on Use of Credit Checks in Employment Decisions

On May 6, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill amending the city’s Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from using an individual’s credit history to make employment decisions. The law will become...more

NYC Ban on Use of Credit Checks in Employment Decisions Moves to Mayor’s Office for Signature

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to amend the city’s Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from using an individual’s consumer credit history to make employment decisions. While the bill...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts Restrictive Test for “Independent Contractor” Status

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently adopted a new test making it more difficult for New Jersey employers to classify workers as independent contractors. In a lawsuit brought by contract delivery drivers against a chain of...more

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