NYC Lactation Law UPDATE

Following on our prior post about the new laws that went into effect in New York City for lactation, found here, the City has now posted policies and forms to abide by the more stringent requirements.  Those can now be found here.  If you have any questions about these new laws, please feel free to

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U.S. Department of Labor Reveals New Overtime Rule  

  On March 7, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (the “DOL”) unveiled its long-awaited proposed rule raising the minimum salary threshold required for workers to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s exemption, now being $35,306 per year.  This has been anticipated for some time ever since the Obama administration proposed that the

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NYC Lactation Laws Going Into Effect On March 18, 2019

On March 18, 2019, new laws go into effect in New York City addressing more stringent requirements for employers who have employees who wish to express milk, i.e. lactate, while at work. Lactation Room The first law requires employers to designate a lactation room (that is not a restroom), which is a sanitary space where

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New York Passes Historic Transgender Bill

On Tuesday, the New York Legislature passed a historic bill Tuesday making gender identity a protected class in areas of housing, employment, and public accommodation, protecting transgender people from discrimination.  The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, passed over 16 years of attempts that were unsuccessful until Democrats won the election in 2018. The bill

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REMINDER: NEW YORK STATE WAGE INCREASES AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2018

As the end of the year is approaching, it is important to remind New York State employers and employees of the increased minimum wages that affect both hourly and salaried employees. For hourly, non-exempt workers, please see the below chart for basic hourly minimum wage increases that go into effect as of December 31, 2018:

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NYC Now Requires a “Cooperative Dialogue” for Reasonable Accommodation Requests

Many employers are aware of there needing to be an “interactive process” with an employee to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be made to allow an employee to continue performing the essential functions of his/her job that does not impose an undue hardship on the employer.  This is required under the Americans with Disabilities

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TOMORROW is the Deadline for NYS Employers to Distribute a Compliant Sexual Harassment Policy

As a reminder to ALL employers in New York State, tomorrow is the deadline to distribute a policy compliant with the NYS sexual harassment law.  If you follow this link, you will be able to locate the Model Sexual Harassment Policy and Complaint Form published by the State.  If you need a WORD version, they are

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The FINAL New York State Sexual Harassment Model Policy and Training Are Out!

On October 1, 2018, a little over one week before the October 9, 2018 effective date, New York State published the FINAL model policy and training for employers and employees to view on the New York State website.  The following documents and information can be found here: Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy; Model Complaint Form;

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UPDATE: Sexual Harassment in New York

Updating our prior posts on sexual harassment training (May Blog, August Blog), the posters and fact sheets for employers are now available and should be distributed IMMEDIATELY by all New York City employers as the deadline to do so was September 6, 2018.  The Posters can be found here: English Poster, Spanish Poster; and the Fact

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The NYS Sexual Harassment Policies Are Now Available

On August 24, 2018, the New York State Division of Human Rights (“NYSHRL”) and the New York Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) issued their long-awaited proposed model anti-sexual harassment policy and model anti-sexual harassment training program, which can be found here.  As set forth in our prior blog, every New York State employer must promptly adopt

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