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New York Expands Data Security and Breach Requirements for Employers Under the SHIELD Act

On July 25, 2019, the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (the “SHIELD Act”) was signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The SHIELD Act aims to ensure that New York residents are afforded greater protections against cybersecurity breaches from companies with which they do business.  The SHIELD Act takes effect […]

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How to End Workplace Bullying

In the wake of the growing #MeToo movement, many employers recently focused their efforts to implement anti-sexual harassment policies and procedures.  However, many employers fail to realize that their attention must also be placed on the related behavior to sexual harassment: workplace bullying.  Most forms of civil rights violations and discrimination, including sexual harassment, include […]

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New York State Prohibits Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

On July 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill amending New York State’s Human Rights Law by prohibiting racial discrimination based on “traits historically associated with race,” such as natural hair texture and hairstyles including, but not limited to, as braids, locks and twists.  The purpose behind this amendment is to remove […]

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How to Protect Against Employee Moonlighting

Do you suspect your employees are working a second job – and that it’s starting to affect the quality of their work at your company?  If you haven’t already run into this problem, it is likely your business will in the future.  When the cost of living is already so high and keeps increasing, even […]

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Working On the Phone and Off the Clock: Everything Employers Need to Know

Does responding to a work email while shopping at the grocery store still count as work?  Almost always the answer is “yes.”  And those minutes will add up and cost employers thousands of dollars in legal fees for failing to pay non-exempt employees for that off-the-clock time. Although technology has made it easier than ever […]

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The Value of the Stay Interview

Employers strive to minimize employee turnover and want to retain top-performing employees and prevent those employees from quitting.  How can employers reduce employee turnover?  What makes high-performing employees want to leave a company?  How will an employer know if an employee is considering quitting their job? The easiest way for employers to answer these questions […]

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What Business Owners Must Do to Ensure Your Non-Compete is Enforceable in New York

As a business owner, it is likely you have spent a number of years creating, developing, and fostering a formula to make your business highly competitive.  After expending such efforts to give your business its competitive edge, you want to protect your company’s from the threat of a former employee using stolen business methods to […]

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‘Trans-form’ Your Workplace to be More Inclusive of Transgender and Non-Conforming Employees

Although employers don’t intentionally create a hostile work environment for transgender and non-conforming (TGNC) employees, often the outcome is a hostile work environment due to a lack of understanding and education.  Many TGNC employees experience unnecessary barriers that make working harder than it needs to be on a daily basis.  When it comes to any […]

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New York’s Suffolk County Imposes Salary History Ban Takes Effect June 30, 2019

On November 20, 2018, the Suffolk County Legislature passed the Restrict Information Regarding Salary and Earnings Act (“RISE” Act) by a vote of 17-0.  As stated in the RISE Act’s legislative intent section, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) issued a report in April 2018 which found that women in Suffolk County earn […]

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Protect Your Company By Playing It Safe When Hiring Interns

As we enter into the start of summer, college students now begin their summer internship programs. It is time for employers and businesses to review their internship program policies. College students rely on summer internships to gain valuable professional experience and in exchange, companies provide unpaid internships as an opportunity to let students learn from […]

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