October 20, 2016
The New York City Council has overwhelmingly passed a bill that mandates a 90-day transition period for displaced food service workers when a new owner or operator takes over a city building.
September 30, 2016
Should a question on a job application asking potential employees about their criminal history be removed? That was under discussion at a public hearing in Albany earlier this week.
The Albany County Fair Chance Act, also known as "Ban the Box," refers to the box on a job application asking about a person's criminal background. That box would be removed from county job applications.
September 21, 2016
A bill in the City Council of New York City would prohibit employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history. The bill’s purported aim is to close the gender pay gap by reducing the likelihood that women will be prejudiced by prior salary levels.
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James introduced Int. 1253 on August 16, 2016.
February 16, 2016
Proposed EEOC Regulations on Workplace Retaliation Make Defending Retaliation Lawsuits More Difficult
Employers should be aware of new proposed guidance from the EEOC on workplace retaliation issues, and their potential impact on the workplace and resulting litigation. The proposed guidance issued by the EEOC, among other things, formally expands the scope of “protected activity” in which an employee can participate. For example, the guidance provides that an employee has engaged in “protected activity” even if an internal harassment complaint falls “far short” of the severe and pervasive standard required to prove a hosti
February 12, 2016
Proposed changes to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s EEO-1 report would have employers with at least 100 employees submitting all employees’ W-2 earnings data and actual hours worked beginning with the 2017 EEO-1 reporting cycle.
December 3, 2015
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December 1, 2015
New York State has amended its Public Health Law through enactment of two pieces of legislation relating to breastfeeding and expression of breast milk. The legislation includes specific provisions applicable to employers.
November 12, 2015
NLRB Continues to Scrutinize Employer Confidentiality Policies During Human Resources Investigations
In Boeing Co., 362 NLRB No. 195 (Aug. 27, 2015), the National Labor Relations Board found an Employer’s confidentiality policy for employees participating in Human Resources investigations to be unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act.
October 28, 2015
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a number of bills intended to protect and advance women’s equality, particularly in the workplace. These laws, signed on October 21, will go into effect on January 19, 2016.
October 5, 2015
Performance Documentation Proves Key To Success In Age Discrimination Claim, Even When The Plaintiff Offered Evidence Supporting An Initial Inference Of Discrimination
A recent dismissal of a plaintiff’s claims of age discrimination serves as a reminder of the importance of consistently developing and maintaining accurate employee performance documentation to the defense of employment discrimination claims. In Ehrbar v. Forest Hills Hosp., No. 1:13-cv-01761, (E.D.N.Y.