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Federal Contractors: Register and Certify Your Affirmative Action Programs by June 30, 2022 (US)

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will soon require federal contractors to use a Contractor Portal to register and certify that they have their required Affirmative Action Programs (AAP) in place. The portal launched February 1, 2022. Registration began on February 15 and certification began on March 31.… Continue Reading

UPDATE – 20 March 2020:  New York Orders All Non-Essential Workers to Stay Home

With the number of coronavirus cases now topping 7,000 in New York state, on Friday, March 20, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo officially declared that all workers in non-essential businesses across New York state are required to remain at home starting Sunday evening, March 22 in order to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Businesses that do … Continue Reading

New York Orders All Non-Essential Businesses to Reduce In-Person Workforce (US)

On March 18, 2020, New York Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order that all non-essential businesses shall reduce their in-person workforce by March 20 at 8 pm.  On March 19, guidance was released clarifying that in-person workforces at each location must be reduced by 75% from pre-state of emergency declaration employment levels.  Employees are of … Continue Reading

New York Governor Enacts Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill to Address Coronavirus (US)

On March 18, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law providing emergency paid sick leave to New Yorkers. The proposed bill provides job-protected leave benefits for employees affected by COVID-19. Effective March 18, 2020, employees subject to mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation issued by the state of New York, the … Continue Reading

Deadline Extended for Compliance with New York Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirement

As we discussed in our previous posts – see here and here – in April 2018, New York passed legislation intended to combat workplace sexual harassment.  Under this new law, employers are required to implement and distribute to employees a written policy prohibiting sexual harassment by October 9, 2018.  To assist employers in complying, in … Continue Reading

New York Mandates Sexual-Harassment Prevention Requirements for Private Employers (US)

This month both the State of New York and New York City have passed separate legislation designed to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Both laws require employers to conduct mandatory sexual harassment training for all employees. On April 10, 2018, Governor Cuomo signed the Budget Bill, which contains a mandate for employers in the … Continue Reading

Does the US Winter Weather Impact Employee Wages? (US)

With much of the United States covered in ice and snow, many employers are questioning when they need to pay employees who are affected by weather-related disruptions. All throughout the United States employees have been late to work because they were stuck in the snow or their kids’ school was yet again delayed and businesses … Continue Reading

New York Proposes Expanded Call In and Scheduling Regulations (US)

The New York State Department of Labor has issued new, proposed regulations regarding “just-in-time,” “call-in,” and “on-call” pay – or pay required when an employer unexpectedly cancels a covered employee’s shift or calls them into work, or requires them to be on-call. The draft regulations supplement the state’s existing Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries … Continue Reading

Paid Family Leave On the Rise – California and New York State Both Set to Expand Benefits Starting January 1, 2018

Come January 1, 2018, employees in California and New York will enjoy new and expanded rights to time off work, with pay, to attend to certain family needs.  New York, whose law was enacted in 2016 (see our prior post here), boasts its law as being the nation’s “strongest and most comprehensive” on paid family … Continue Reading

What Was Your Prior Salary? No Longer a Question You Can Ask When Hiring in New York City.

Last month, the New York City Council approved legislation that bars employers from asking prospective hires to disclose their past salary. In passing the measure, New York City joins Massachusetts (see our post here), Puerto Rico and the city of Philadelphia in banning the question from job interviews and on applications. (Also see our post here … Continue Reading

House passes bill to allow private employers to offer paid time off in lieu of overtime time pay

On May 2, 2017, the House passed H.R. 1180, The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, which would allow private employers to offer paid time off, also known as “comp time,” instead of time-and-a-half wages for overtime hours. Congress had previously amended the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1985 to allow public-sector employees to be … Continue Reading

New York Revokes Proposed Direct Deposit and Debit Card Wage Payment Regulations

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals (IBA) issued a Resolution of Decision invalidating and revoking regulations that would have required employers to satisfy certain notice requirements and obtain employees’ informed consent in connection with payment by direct deposit or debit card as well as regulated fees charged by vendors. … Continue Reading

It’s Overtime Time! The Final Rule is Here – Are You Ready?

The wait is over.  The US Department of Labor has released the long-awaited Final Rule modernizing the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) white-collar exemptions. The good news, for those who have been following the development of the Final Rule, is that there are no big surprises. What are the changes?   Expected to require employers … Continue Reading

New York State and City Employment Law Update

The beginning of 2016 is a busy year for New York employers.  Both the state and New York City have enacted a variety of laws expanding protections for employees.  Employers need to review their policies to ensure they are in compliance. NEW YORK STATE Effective January 19, 2016, the New York State Human Rights Law … Continue Reading

New York City to Employers: No More Credit Checks!

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed into law a bill that expands the New York City Human Rights Law and makes it an unlawful discriminatory practice for employers to request or use consumer credit history for employment purposes or otherwise discriminate against an applicant or employee based on their consumer credit history. … Continue Reading

New York Eliminates Annual January Wage Notice Requirement, But Increases Penalties for Wage and Hour Violations

On February 27, 2015, amendments to New York’s Labor Law, including the Wage Theft Prevention Act go into effect. On December 29, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill (S5885-B, A8106-C) amending the labor law to eliminate the burdensome requirement on employers to have employees sign annual wage notices every January. However, the bill … Continue Reading

US Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave, Higher Minimum Wage

Paid Sick Leave Laws Sweeping the Nation At the polls last week, Massachusetts, Oakland, California, and Montclair and Trenton, New Jersey voters approved measures instituting minimum paid sick leave requirements for workers. Montclair and Trenton are the 7th and 8th cities in New Jersey to require paid sick leave for workers in their cities in … Continue Reading

EEOC Issues New Guidance Expanding Pregnancy Discrimination Protections for US Employees

As the number of pregnancy discrimination lawsuits has increased, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), for the first time in over thirty years, issued a comprehensive guidance update on pregnancy discrimination last month.  The EEOC’s guidance serves to clarify its position on a wide range of topics related to pregnancy discrimination as enforced under the … Continue Reading

Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation for a Disability in the US?

In the US, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) employers are required to provide qualified individuals who have a disability with a reasonable accommodation absent an undue hardship.  Whether working from home is a reasonable accommodation is a fact intensive analysis that should be conducted for each circumstance.    However, last week, the Sixth Circuit … Continue Reading

Does the US Winter Weather Impact Employee Wages?

With much of the United States covered in ice and snow, many employers are questioning when they need to pay employees who are affected by weather-related disruptions.  All throughout the United States employees have been late to work because they were stuck in the snow or their kids’ school was yet again delayed and businesses … Continue Reading
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