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Mainstream Recognition of Sexual Harassment Prompts Bill Prohibiting Arbitration

Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against business leaders, politicians and artists, have become a front page staple of newspapers across the country. Many are shocked by the allegations and claim to wonder how...more

NYC Ban On Inquiring Into Salary History Takes Effect On October 31, 2017

The New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) was amended back in May 2017 to prohibit employers and employment agencies from inquiring into the salary history of job applicants. Employers and employment agencies had six...more

New York City Council Amends Earned Sick Time Act to Permit Employees to Use Paid Time Off for “Safe Time”

On October 17, 2017, the New York City Council passed a bill amending the New York City Earned Sick Time Act (which took effect on April 1, 2014) to require paid time off for victims of family offense matters, sexual...more

Should New York Employers Care that the Obama Administration's Final Rule is No More?

To be exempt from state and federal overtime requirements, an employee must satisfy both a salary test and a duties test. In May 2016, we blogged about the Department of Labor’s issuance of a Final Rule modifying the...more

New York's Paid Family Leave Benefits Law

Some states, such as Connecticut, provide for unpaid family and medical leave greater than that provided by federal FMLA. New York is about to join California in providing paid family leave. ...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Employer No-Recording Policies May Violate NLRA Says the Second Circuit

On June 1, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which covers Connecticut, New York and Vermont, upheld a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) finding that Whole Foods Market Group, Inc.’s no-recording...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Business and Employee Groups Oppose Merger of OFCCP with EEOC

President Trump’s 2018 budget, released on May 23, proposes to merge the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by the end of FY 2018. The proposed...more

Labor and Employment Group News: New York City Enacts Freelance Worker Law

Employers’ engagement of independent contractors has increased substantially in recent years. Short-term projects and the gig economy have fueled the need for workers, who are not looking (or are unable) to find permanent...more

Labor and Employment Group News: New York City Passes Law Barring Employers From Inquiring Into Job Applicant Salary History

On May 4, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a New York City Council bill that prohibits employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s “salary history” during any stage of the employment process. In addition, the...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Employers Must Be Alert to Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Many states, including New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, prohibit employment discrimination based upon an individual’s sexual orientation. Federal law (i.e., Title VII) prohibits employment discrimination because of an...more

Labor and Employment Group News: A Single Racist Comment Can Create a Hostile Work Environment

On April 25th, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which covers New York, Connecticut and Vermont, clarified that a single incident can suffice to state a claim for a discriminatory hostile work...more

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