Tag Archives: New York Employment Beat

New York bolsters workplace safeguards for domestic violence victims

Following New York City’s lead, New York state and Westchester County have each enacted laws providing additional workplace protections to victims of domestic violence. In this post, we will discuss these new laws and their impact on your business. New York state: Last month, Governor Cuomo signed legislation amending the state’s antidiscrimination laws with respect … Continue Reading

BREAKING: NYC “Bans the Box,” Barring Most Pre-Employment Criminal Inquiries

Just weeks after prohibiting employers from using credit checks, the New York City Council Wednesday passed yet another bill that handcuffs businesses attempting to vet new job applicants. Most notably, the bill, commonly referred to as the Fair Chance Act (the Act), bars employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal history before extending a conditional offer … Continue Reading

New York Employment Roundup: May 2015

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. Today’s New York employment law landscape is increasingly dynamic, with a constant stream of newly issued legislation and judicial opinions. To keep our readers current on the latest developments, we will share regular summaries of recent developments affecting Empire State employers. Here’s what … Continue Reading

Arrival of Intern Season Means Prep Work For Employers is Key

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. With summer right around the corner, many high school and college students are preparing to begin unpaid internship programs at companies across the country. Such programs have long been considered a staple for U.S. businesses, as well as a valuable option for students … Continue Reading

New York Employment Roundup: March & April 2015

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. Today’s New York employment law landscape is increasingly dynamic, with a constant stream of newly issued legislation and judicial opinions. To keep our readers current on the latest developments, we will share regular summaries of recent developments affecting Empire State employers. Here’s what … Continue Reading

Breaking: NYC Council Bars Most Pre-Employment Credit Checks

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. New York City employers who routinely use credit checks as part of the pre-employment process may be in for a rude awakening. Earlier today, the NYC Council passed legislation that bars most employers with four or more employees, as well as employment agencies, … Continue Reading

New York Employment Roundup: February 2015

Today’s New York employment law landscape is increasingly dynamic, with a constant stream of new legislation and judicial opinions. To keep our readers current on the latest developments, we will share regular summaries of recent developments affecting Empire State employers. Here’s what happened in February 2015: Likely Rise in Pre-Tip Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers … Continue Reading

Reminder for N.Y. Employers: Significant Labor Law Amendments Take Effect February 27

As we previously reported, the New York State Legislature last June passed a Bill, intended to revitalize the Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA), that proposed significant changes to the state’s labor laws. Among other things, the Bill eliminated the requirement that employers furnish annual wage notices to employees between January 1 and February 1. On … Continue Reading

N.Y. Wage Board Recommends Minimum Wage Increase for Tipped Workers

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. On January 30, the wage board convened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to examine the state’s current tip credit structure recommended that the state increase the pre-tip minimum wage to $7.50/hour for all tipped workers. The board recommended that the increase take effect on … Continue Reading

New York Employment Roundup: January 2015

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. Today’s New York employment law landscape is increasingly dynamic, with a constant stream of new legislation and judicial opinions. To keep our readers current on the latest happenings, we will share regular summaries of recent developments affecting Empire State employers. Here’s what happened … Continue Reading

NY Governor Again Seeks to Raise Minimum Wage

In early 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that incrementally increased the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9 between December 31, 2013, and December 31, 2015. Less than two years later, the governor has unveiled a new proposal to further increase the state’s minimum wage. Indeed, just weeks after … Continue Reading

N.Y. (Finally) Eliminates Annual Wage Notice Requirement, Effective Immediately

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. In June, we reported on a bill passed by the New York State Legislature that proposed significant changes to the state’s labor laws. Among other things, the bill eliminated the requirement that employers furnish annual wage notices to employees between January 1 and … Continue Reading

New York’s 5 Gifts for Employers in 2015: What State and City Employers Need To Know Heading into the New Year

2014 was a hectic year for New York labor and employment practitioners, yielding mixed results for employers and, in many instances, creating more questions than answers. Among the highlights, an expanded paid sick leave law, amended on the eve of implementation by Mayor Bill de Blasio, took effect in New York City. And in Albany, … Continue Reading

New York’s 5 Gifts for Employers in 2015: What State and City Employers Need To Know Heading into the New Year (Day 5)

Each day this week, we will “unwrap” one of five pressing employment law issues on the 2015 horizon for New York state and city employers. Previously, we covered the minimum wage hike, the anticipated enforcement of two new NYC laws, the revamped NYC Commission on Human Rights, and the unsettled status of unpaid interns. Today’s … Continue Reading

New York’s 5 Gifts for Employers in 2015: What State and City Employers Need To Know Heading into the New Year (Day 4)

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. Each day this week, we will “unwrap” one of five pressing employment law issues on the 2015 horizon for New York state and city employers. Previously, we covered the minimum wage hike, the anticipated enforcement of two new NYC laws, and the revamped … Continue Reading

New York’s 5 Gifts for Employers in 2015: What State and City Employers Need To Know Heading into the New Year (Day 3)

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. Each day this week, we will “unwrap” one of five pressing employment law issues on the 2015 horizon for New York state and city employers. On Monday and Tuesday, respectively, we covered the minimum wage hike and the anticipated enforcement of two new … Continue Reading

New York’s 5 Gifts for Employers in 2015: What State and City Employers Need To Know Heading into the New Year (Day 2)

Each day this week, we will “unwrap” one of five pressing employment law issues on the 2015 horizon for New York state and city employers. Yesterday, we covered the minimum wage hike. Today will cover the anticipated enforcement of two new NYC laws. Two of the major 2014 storylines for the NYC business community were … Continue Reading

New York’s 5 Gifts for Employers in 2015: What State and City Employers Need To Know Heading into the New Year (Day 1)

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. 2014 was a hectic year for labor and employment practitioners in New York, yielding mixed results for employers and, in many instances, presenting more questions than answers. Among the highlights, an expanded paid sick leave law – amended on the eve of implementation … Continue Reading

NY Employers Still Must Provide Annual Wage Notices (At Least for Now)

In June, we reported on a bill passed by the New York State Legislature that proposed significant changes to the state’s labor laws. Among other things, the bill would have eliminated the requirement that employers furnish wage notices to employees between January 1 and February 1 every year. At the time, it was expected that … Continue Reading

NYC Amends Living Wage Law, Increases Minimum Wage for Thousands

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. On September 30, 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order (the Order) raising the “living wage” for New York City workers employed by certain employers that contract directly with the city or are tenants in city-subsidized buildings. The Order expands a … Continue Reading

Reminder for N.Y. Employers: Minimum Wage Hike Takes Effect December 31

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. As we head into the final quarter of 2014, New York State employers should begin preparing for the minimum wage hike. On December 31, 2014, the statewide hourly minimum wage for non-exempt (i.e., hourly) employees will rise from $8.00 to $8.75 (and then … Continue Reading

NY Department of Labor Mandates New Paperwork for Child Performers

As we detailed in a blog post last October, New York amended the state’s labor law to extend certain workplace protections to child models – specifically, to protect runway and print models under the age of 18 in the same way that other young performers, including actors, dancers, musicians, singers, and voice-over artists, were already … Continue Reading

Can NY Employers Shorten the Statute of Limitations for Workplace Claims?

This post was written by Cindy S. Minniti and Mark S. Goldstein. As we previously detailed here, a New Jersey appellate court recently held that parties may contractually agree to shorten the applicable statute of limitations for state law wrongful termination claims.  New York employers, however, need not fret:  an appellate court decision from early … Continue Reading
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