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New York Releases FAQs on Statewide Salary History Ban

Changes to New York state law that prohibit employer inquiries into the salary history of applicants and employees took effect on January 6, 2020. Recently, the New York Department of Labor released a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to further clarify this law. The FAQs provide insight on which employers and workers are covered, employers’ responsibilities under the law, and how employees or applicants can address potential violations.

New York City Set to Require Stores to Accept Cash

The New York City Council has approved, by a vote of 43-3, a bill that would make it unlawful for most businesses to refuse to accept payments in cash, with limited exceptions. The legislation aims to eliminate what supporters say is discrimination against low-income New Yorkers who lack bank accounts and credit cards. Many businesses, on the other hand, cited a variety of reasons for opposing the legislation, including a desire to appeal to card-toting consumers, speed up service, increase employee safety by reducing the chance of robbery, and eliminate the need to count cash or arrange for armored car pickups. The new law will take effect 270 days after Mayor de Blasio—who has expressed support for the bill—signs it into law.

New York Enacts Legislation Related to Board Diversity

New York recently enacted the “Women on Corporate Boards Study” law (S. 4278), joining a growing number of states requiring organizations to report their board composition. The new law applies to domestic and foreign corporations “authorized to do business” in the state. Given the expanse of companies doing business in New York, this law may have a broad reach and impact organizations based far from New York.

NY Governor Aims To Expand Workplace Laws In 2020

After a busy 2019 of expanding workplace protections in New York, Governor Cuomo just issued his 2020 State of the State to lay out his priorities for the coming year. And it should come as no surprise that several of the policy proposals announced on January 8 indicated an intent to continue New York State’s expansion of workplace laws into 2020 and beyond. Among the highlights to look for in the new year: paid sick leave, gig economy reforms, pay equity, and more.

New York Governor Vetoes Employee Wage Lien Bill

On December 31, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo vetoed the employee wage lien bill (colloquially referred to by its sponsors and supporters as the “Securing Wages Earned Against Theft” or “SWEAT” bill). Both the New York State Senate and Assembly (S2844B/A486B) passed the bill in June 2019. If enacted into law, the bill would have allowed current and former employees to obtain liens on their employers’ personal and real property for alleged wage and hour violations prior to any judicial determinations on the merits (or lack thereof) of the employees’ claims.

New York State May Be the First to Pass a New Paid Leave Law in 2020

In yesterday’s State of the State, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation that would require private employers to provide sick leave to their workers. Under his proposal, employers with five to 99 employees would be required to provide at least five days of job-protected paid sick leave per year and employers with 100 or more employees would be required to provide at least 7 days of paid sick leave per year. Small businesses with 4 or fewer employees would be required to provide 5 days of unpaid sick leave.

New York Joins Other States in Banning Salary History Questions

Executive Summary: As of January 6, 2020, New York employers are prohibited from inquiring about an applicant’s prior salary. The ban, codified as N.Y. Lab. Law § 194-a, was signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 10, 2019, but did not go into effect until this past Monday, January 6, 2020. The law applies to all public and private employers within New York state and covers applicants and employees who have taken an affirmative step to seek full-time, part-time, or temporary/seasonal employment with an employer. The law does not apply to independent contractors, freelance workers, or other contract workers unless they are to work through an employment agency.

New York State to End Subminimum Wage for Miscellaneous Industries

On December 31, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he had directed the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) to eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers of all employers covered by the Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations.

Will Your Fiscal Intermediary Be Chosen to Participate in New York's CDPAP?

Executive Summary. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recently issued a Request for Offers (RFO) from eligible entities who want to continue or first commence participating as Fiscal Intermediaries (FIs) under the New York Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). Because offers are due no later than February 18, 2020, the required format for offers is highly detailed and technical, and the RFO states that it is the DOH’s intent “to award the fewest number of contracts that preserve statewide access and consumer choice,” you will have to distinguish yourself from others in order to be selected. If you would like our assistance, based on our 25 years’ experience in educating, training and representing FIs, please give us a call.

Guidance on New York’s Ban on Salary Inquiries Issued

New York state has issued guidance on its new law barring employers’ direct and indirect inquiries about an employee’s salary history that became effective on January 6, 2020. For New York City employers, the law must be read in conjunction with similar legislation already in effect.
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