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Act Now Before It’s Too Late: What New York Employers Should Do Before the New Year

This has been a busy year for New York employers, especially those with offices in New York City. As we near the beginning of 2018, there are many changes that have recently gone into effect (or will soon go into effect) that...more

New York State Department of Labor Proposes Regulations on Employee Scheduling

On November 22, 2017, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) published proposed call-in pay regulations (“Proposed Regulations”) in the New York State Register. The Proposed Regulations are subject to a 45-day...more

New York State Enacts Comprehensive Criminal Conviction Sealing Law

Enacted through the 2017-2018 New York State Budget, and effective October 7, 2017, a new law in New York State makes it possible for individuals convicted of certain criminal offenses to have up to two convictions sealed....more

NYC Mayor de Blasio Signs Law Expanding Earned Sick Time Act to Include “Safe Time”

On November 6, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an amendment (“Safe Time Amendment” or “Amendment”) to New York City’s existing Earned Sick Time Act (“ESTA”) that will allow domestic violence and sexual assault survivors to...more

New York State Issues Forms for Implementing Paid Family Leave Benefits Law

New York State recently released several forms for use by employers and employees under the Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“Law”), which becomes effective on January 1, 2018. The forms include (i) a waiver for employees who...more

New York City’s Impending Salary History Inquiry Ban: What You Need to Know

On October 31, 2017, New York City’s new salary history inquiry law (“Law”) will take effect. The Law bans employers from: - requesting a job applicant’s salary history (which includes the applicant’s current or prior...more

Employer Resource Guide to the New York State Paid Family Leave Benefits Law

On July 19, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (“WCB” or the “Board”) issued its final regulations (“Regulations”) for the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL” or “Law”), which, effective January...more

New York City Finalizes Rules to Interpret the Fair Chance Act

On August 5, 2017, the final rules (“Final Rules”) interpreting New York City’s Fair Chance Act (“FCA”) took effect—nearly 18 months after the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“Commission”) published proposed rules...more

Connecticut and Massachusetts Expand Protections for Pregnant Employees

Two laws mandating pregnancy accommodations for employees were recently passed. On July 6, 2017, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace” (“Connecticut Act”). The...more

New York Issues Updated Regulations to Paid Family Leave Benefits Law

On May 24, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (“WCB”) published updated regulations (“Updated Regulations”) to the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL”), which, as we previously reported, becomes...more

NYC Mayor Signs Bill Prohibiting Inquiries Into Salary History

On May 4, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill that amends the New York City Human Rights Law to prohibit all New York City employers from (i) requesting a job applicant’s salary history or (ii) using a job...more

New York City Is Poised to Prohibit Inquiries Into Salary History

On April 5, 2017, the New York City Council passed a bill (“Bill”) that would amend the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to prohibit all New York City employers from (i) requesting a job applicant’s salary history or...more

New Regulations Proposed for New York’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law

On February 22, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board published proposed regulations (“Proposed Regulations”) to implement the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL”), which goes into effect on...more

REVOKED: New York Appeals Board Invalidates Payroll Debit Card and Direct Deposit Regulations

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals (“Board”) revoked the payroll debit card and direct deposit regulations (“Regulations”) that were adopted by the New York State Department of Labor...more

The District of Columbia Passes the Nation’s Most Expansive Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

On February 15, 2017, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she will not veto the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (Bill 21-415) (“Act”), previously passed by the D.C. Council on December 22, 2016....more

Employers Face a Trio of Sick Leave Laws: Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois

As we previously reported, the Chicago City Council enacted a sick leave ordinance (“Chicago Ordinance”), requiring employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Following in its footsteps,...more

Philadelphia Joins Trend of Jurisdictions Prohibiting Inquiries on Wage History

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed the Wage Equity Law (“Law”), which prohibits Philadelphia employers from asking prospective employees about their wage history, among other things. The Law will become...more

D.C. Bill Bars Credit Check for Prospective and Current Employees

On December 20, 2016, the Washington D.C. Council unanimously passed the “Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016” (“Act”) (D.C. Bill 21-0244) which amends the Human Rights Act of 1977 to add “credit information” as a...more

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New York State Department of Labor Implements New Salary Basis Thresholds for Exempt Employees

The New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) has adopted its previously proposed amendments to the state’s minimum wage orders to increase the salary basis threshold for executive and administrative employees...more

New York City Enacts First-of-Its-Kind Law to Protect Freelance Workers

On November 16, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Int. No. 1017-C, known as the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (“Act”), which establishes protections for the estimated 1.3 million independent workers in New York City....more

New York State Department of Labor Proposes New Salary Basis Thresholds for Exempt Employees

On October 19, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) announced proposed amendments to the state’s minimum wage orders (“Proposed Amendments”) to increase the salary basis threshold for executive and...more

New York Department of Labor Issues Final Regulations for Direct Deposit and Payroll Debit Cards

On September 7, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) adopted final regulations (“Final Regulations”) limiting the methods by which New York employers may pay their employees and defining mandatory...more

Election Day: What Employers Should Know About Employee Voting Rights Laws

As Tuesday, November 8, 2016, approaches, employers should ensure compliance with voting rights laws in the states where they operate. There is no federal law that requires employers to give workers time off to vote, but...more

Massachusetts Passes Legislation Aimed at Correcting Gender-Related Pay Imbalances

Massachusetts will join California and New York in attempting to close the pay gap between men and women in the workplace. The Massachusetts Legislature unanimously passed a pay equity law (“Pay Equity Law”) that was signed...more

EEOC Issues Revised Proposal to Amend EEO-1 Report

On July 13, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced the publication of a revised proposal (“Revised Proposal”) that would amend the Equal Employer Information Report (“EEO-1 report”) to...more

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