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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

EEOC’s Pay Data Collection Requirement Suspended

On August 29, 2017, the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”), a division of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, informed the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC” or “Commission”)...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

State Income Taxation of Mobile Workers

With the rise of teleworking and business travel across state lines, it is important for employers to renew their focus on state and local income and payroll tax compliance obligations. The laws vary from state to state....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

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

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

Connecticut Becomes the Ninth State to “Ban the Box”

On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed Public Act No. 16-83, “An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment” (“Act”), making Connecticut the ninth state—after Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New...more

Strategies for Complying with the Notice Provisions of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 to provide a federal cause of action to private companies for trade secret...more

Vermont Becomes Fifth State to Enact Paid Sick Leave

On March 9, 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law bill H. 187 (“Act”), which will require Vermont employers to provide paid sick leave beginning on January 1, 2017. Vermont has become the fifth state (after...more

Significant Changes for Employers Doing Business in Oregon

Employers should be aware of several recent changes to various employment laws in Oregon. These laws affect how the majority of private employers in Oregon do business....more

New York State Will Provide Paid Family Leave and $15 Minimum Wage

On March 31, 2016, New York State’s governor and legislative leaders announced an agreement on the state’s budget for 2016-2017 (“Budget”). Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill enacting the Budget at a press conference...more

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