As readers of this blog are aware, over the past couple of years both New York State and New York City have been active in passing laws governing the workplace. That trend is continuing in 2019 as new laws go into effect and others are implemented by the State and City. Employers must remain vigilant in keeping abreast of new laws and ensuring compliance with them to avoid potential legal liabilities.Read More
As we enter 2019, employers throughout New York must start preparing to comply with several new obligations going into effect this year at the state and local level.
Sexual Harassment Training
As we previously posted, both New York State and New York City significantly expanded their sexual harassment laws in 2018. Among other changes, both of those laws require employers to provide sexual harassment training in 2019.Read More
New York City's Paid Sick Leave law was amended, effective May 5, 2018, to include safe leave. The amendment expanded the City's paid sick leave law to allow employees to take paid time off for themselves or a family member in connection with domestic violence, sexual offenses, stalking, or human trafficking matters. The amendment also renamed the law the Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law.Read More
New York City recently enacted two amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), which will go into effect later this year and expand employee rights under the law.
Amendment to Definitions of Sexual Orientation and Gender
The first amendment expands the definitions of "sexual orientation" and "gender" under the NYCHRL and will take effect May 11, 2018.Read More
As I previously posted, beginning October 31, 2017, it will be unlawful in New York City for an employer to inquiry about a job applicant's salary history during the hiring process or rely upon an applicant's prior salary history when setting compensation. The New York Commission on Human Rights, which enforces the law, has issued an Employer Fact Sheet and a Job Applicant Fact Sheet providing guidance on the law.Read More
On May 4, 2017, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation prohibiting employers from inquiring into, or relying on, an applicant's salary history at any stage in the employment process. This salary history inquiry ban will take effect October, 31, 2017 and continues a trend in New York City to enact local laws effecting the employment relationship. Other relatively recent New York City legislation includes the NYC Earned Sick Time Act and the NYC Commuter Benefits Law.Read More