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New York City At The Cutting Edge Of Individual Rights: Race Discrimination Based On Hair Is Illegal
On February 18, 2019, the New York City Commission on Human Rights released new legal enforcement guidance clarifying that "grooming or appearance policies that ban, limit, or otherwise restrict natural hairstyles or hairstyles associated with Black people.
United States
12 Mar 2019
Pumping Up Protections: New York City Employers Must Comply With Strict New Lactation Room Laws
On November 17, 2018, the New York City Council amended the New York City Human Rights Law with Local Laws 185 and 186, which mandate that New York City employers meet certain lactation room standards and...
United States
11 Feb 2019
New York Legislature Passes Bills Prohibiting Gender Identity Discrimination And Conversion Therapy
On January 15, 2019, the New York State Senate passed two historic bills that strengthen protections for transgender people.
United States
30 Jan 2019
NLRB Re-Examines Individual Concerted Action Rule And Returns To Recently Abandoned Definition Of Protected Concerted Activity
The NLRB has upended another Obama-era reversal of established precedent by returning to principles first enunciated by the NLRB in the 1980s relating to the distinction between protected group...
United States
25 Jan 2019
New Bill Seeks To Prohibit All New York Employers From Inquiring Into Applicant Salary History
On January 11, 2019, a bill proposing a statewide salary history inquiry ban, applicable to private and public employers, was introduced in the New York State Assembly.
United States
25 Jan 2019
New York State Releases Sexual Harassment Guidance Mere Days Before Compliance Deadlines
On October 1, 2018, the NYSDOL and the NYSDHR released finalized guidance documents regarding the workplace sexual harassment protections enacted as part of the New York state budget bill on April 12, 2018.
United States
4 Oct 2018
The Ninth Circuit Gives Support To Equal Pay Day
On April 9, 2018, on the eve of Equal Pay Day, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit answered what Judge Stephen Reinhardt posed as a simple question:
United States
16 Apr 2018
Major NLRB Decisions Affect All Employers
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel memorandum issued on December 1, 2017, previewed Obama Board decisions likely to be overturned in the future.
United States
10 Jan 2018
Sexual Harassment Claims And Boards Of Directors
Allegations of sexual harassment are clearly increasing, and impacts of allegations are swift. Organizations and brands can see their long-established reputations altered overnight. Customers or donors can quickly turn elsewhere. Internal culture, external communities and the bottom line all can suffer irreparably.
United States
27 Dec 2017
Losing Sleep Over Live-In Home Care Workers: NYSDOL Confirms "13 Hour Rule" In Response To New York State Appellate Court Rulings
Once the 90-day period expires, the NYSDOL can re-adopt the emergency regulation and such re-adoption remains in effect for an additional 60 days.
United States
30 Oct 2017
California Now Among States Banning Salary History Inquiries
On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill No. 168, adding California to the growing list of jurisdictions that restrict inquiries into an applicant's salary history.
United States
20 Oct 2017
Is Your Business Ready For The New York State Paid Family Leave Law?
As a result of some carriers withdrawing from the market, some employers may be forced to find new carriers for coverage within a short period of time.
United States
4 Oct 2017
New York Developments Continue Trend Against Non-Competition And Non-Solicitation Agreements
A recent New York federal court decision and a proposed bill by the New York City Council may impact all New York employers who use non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
United States
31 Aug 2017
Delaware Enacts Pay History Ban
Delaware is not the first state to pass a salary history ban law, but it is set to become the first state to enact such changes into law.
United States
10 Jul 2017
Taking The "Direct" Out Of Direct Deposit: New York Attempts Crackdown On Employers' Ability To Pay Wages By Direct Deposit And Debit Card
On September 7, 2016, the New York Department of Labor ("DOL") issued final rules on the Methods of Wage Payment ("Final Rules"), slated to become effective on March 7, 2017.
United States
3 Mar 2017
United States
3 Nov 2016
NLRB Finds Work Rules Barring "Negativity" Unlawful
The National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or the "Board") ruled on April 1, 2014, that a hospital's work rules barring "negativity" and requiring employees to represent their employer "in the community in a positive and professional manner" violated federal labor law.
United States
8 Apr 2014
New York City Amends Paid Sick Leave Law To Encompass Employers Of Five Or More
The NYC Council passed an amendment to the Earned Sick Time Act requiring all employers with five or more NYC employees to provide five paid sick days.
United States
18 Mar 2014
Department Of Labor Extends Flsa Minimum Wage And Overtime Protections To Direct Care Workers
On September 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule extending the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime protections to direct care workers.
United States
3 Oct 2013
New York DOL Releases Proposed Wage Deduction Regulations
Employers should take comfort that the DOL has provided guidance on how to make deductions for salary advances and overpayments, which have been legal since November.
United States
4 Jun 2013
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