Ogletree Deakins • October 16, 2019
As we approach the November 2019 elections, New York employers may want to keep in mind the state’s recently amended Election Law, which entitles employees to time off to vote. Since April 2019, all employers have been required to provide their New York employees who are registered voters with up to three hours of time off to vote without loss of pay. The time off to vote must be given at the beginning or end of an employee’s working hours, unless the employer and employee agree otherwise. An eligible employee seeking to take such time off must notify his or her employer at least two working days before the election.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • October 14, 2019
While courts have generally interpreted the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) as providing anti-discrimination protections to individuals performing services as independent contractors, effective in January 2020, amendments to the NYCHRL clarify such protections.
Ogletree Deakins • October 02, 2019
As we previously reported this past summer, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed Senate Bill 6549, which amended Section 194 of the New York Labor Law to prohibit wage differentials based on any protected class. As we also reported, the State Senate and Assembly also passed an omnibus bill that overhauled New York’s antidiscrimination laws. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed these bills into law on July 10 and August 12, 2019, respectively. As a result, several new laws are slated to take effect in October 2019.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 30, 2019
Continuing its pattern of issuing enforcement guidance on areas on which it focuses, the New York City Commission on Human Rights has released guidance reiterating the obligations of most employers, housing providers, and providers of public accommodations in New York City to avoid discrimination based on national origin and immigration status.
Ogletree Deakins • September 18, 2019
On July 25, 2019, New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law two bills aimed at increasing the obligations of entities handling computerized private data. The Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (SHIELD Act) expands the requirements for notifying affected parties in the event of a data breach and sets forth a demanding list of security measures that must be implemented to “maintain reasonable safeguards” to protect private information. Businesses handling the private data of New York residents should consider reviewing the SHIELD Act and existing policies and procedures to ensure compliance before the new privacy requirements go into effect.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • September 15, 2019
In recent years both New York State and New York City have actively amended their anti-discrimination laws to expand worker protections. For example, both the state and city have passed laws requiring most employers to distribute anti-sexual harassment policies and to provide anti-harassment training to their workforces.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • September 12, 2019
As a result of a new appellate court decision, New York employers may now face liquidated damages for failing to pay employees as frequently as required by the New York Labor Law. In a recent unexpected decision that departs from the conventional wisdom and older precedent, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court for the First Department, in Vega v. CM & Associates Construction Management, LLC, held that “manual workers” who were paid in full, but paid on a biweekly or later basis, could recover liquidated damages for the employer’s failure to pay them weekly as required by state law. This decision could have significant implications for employers in New York.
Fisher Phillips • August 29, 2019
Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed into effect an amendment to New York law expanding the protections employers must provide to employees who are victims of domestic violence. In addition to expanded protections against discrimination, the amendment obligates employers to provide reasonable accommodations to domestic violence victims who must be absent from work for certain specified reasons. The amendment, signed on August 20, becomes effective November 18, 2019. What do you need to know in order to be in compliance come November?
Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 25, 2019
New York has amended its Human Rights Law to expand protection from employment discrimination for victims of domestic violence.
XpertHR • August 25, 2019
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed several employment laws this summer that provide new rights for employees. Most notably, he signed amendments to the state's Human Rights Law to strengthen protections for sexual harassment victims in the workplace.