As we previously posted, New Jersey recently expanded family leave entitlements for workers in the state. That included expanding coverage of the New Jersey Family Leave Act and New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance benefits. The New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) recently issued updated versions of the mandatory workplace posters for the New Jersey Family Leave Act and Family Leave Insurance. The NJDOL also issued updated its Frequently Asked Questions for Family Leave Insurance.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
On March 31, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a sweeping expansion of New York's sexual harassment laws. The new legislation contains a number of provisions that will require most New York employers to update their policies and procedures for preventing and dealing with sexual harassment issues. Of particular note for employers are the following provisions:Read More
Sexual harassment claims continue to dominate headlines and remain at the forefront of social awareness. As is apparent from the news, social media, and the #MeToo movement, many women have been exposed to sexual harassment at work.
Sexual (or any unlawful) harassment can be devastating to a business. It erodes employee morale and productivity, negatively impacts employee retention, and exposes a business to significant liability and legal costs.Read More
The New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) requires employers in New York City, with four or more employees, to provide employees with reasonable accommodations relating to pregnancy and childbirth. The NYCHRL also requires employers to provide employees with notice of their rights to pregnancy related accommodations at the time of hire and by posting a notice of such rights in the workplace.Read More
Terminating an employee is something most, if not all, business owners will need to do at some point. While employment in the United States is "at-will," anti-discrimination and other similar laws do make some reasons for termination unlawful. Employers that do not properly plan for terminations expose themselves to needless claims. Fortunately, there are steps that employers can take to minimize the risk of facing a wrongful termination claim.Read More
I previously wrote about issues faced by employers when hiring employees. As I discussed, in order to comply with all legal requirements surrounding hiring, employers must be familiar with federal law as well as applicable state and local laws. As with New Jersey, New York has implemented specific requirements that an employer must understand in order to not run afoul of the law when hiring an employee. Employers in New York City have even more requirements they must comply with.Read More
It is an exciting time for a growing business preparing to hire its first employees. However, failing to properly prepare for the legal and business issues that arise with hiring employees can expose a business to significant liabilities and jeopardize its growth.Read More