New York City’s new law severely limiting at-will employment in the fast-food industry is scheduled to go into effect on July 4, 2021. Although a lawsuit seeking to enjoin the law is pending, covered employers should be working to ensure compliance with all of the law’s various provisions.
As previously discussed here, New York City’s law undermining at-will employment in the fast-food industry will go into effect on July 4, 2021. Covered fast-food employers should implement policies and trainings to ensure compliance with this novel law.
Below is a summary of the key features of the law:
On May 28, 2021, the Restaurant Law Center and New York State Restaurant Association filed a federal lawsuit seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to prevent the law from taking effect based on constitutional and preemption grounds. This lawsuit is still pending, and until further notice, we recommend that all covered employers finalize their respective plans, policies, and trainings to ensure they are compliant with the new law.
Seyfarth will continue to monitor developments in this space and provide updates when available.