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News Alert: Employers Must Provide 2017 and 2018 Pay Data by September 30, 2019

Employers, including federal contractors and subcontractors, with 100 or more employees have until September 30, 2019 to cull together and submit their pay and hours data from both 2017 and 2018 to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  On April 25, 2019, a federal judge in Washington D.C. ruled that employers are required […]

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Review Your Handbooks, New York City Lactation Laws Went Into Effect

Two new laws passed by the New York City Counsel went into effect on March 18, 2019 regarding employers’ requirements to provide lactation rooms and accommodations for employees.  These new laws apply to employers with four or more employees in New York City and they require employers to provide lactation rooms to employees upon request, […]

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New York City Council Passes Bill Banning Pre-Employment Marijuana Drug Testing

It’s time for New York City employers to reconsider their pre-employment drug testing policies.  On April 9, 2019, the New York City Council (“Council”) passed a bill by a 40-to-4 vote that would prevent most employers from requiring pre-employment drug testing for marijuana.  This bill is the city’s latest efforts in a series of steps […]

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Changes to the Paid Voting Time Law in New York State

On April 1, 2019, New York State passed a new yearly budget that includes a provision revising the amount of paid voting time employees may take to vote. New York’s previous law on voting leave provided that if an employee had four consecutive hours either between the opening of the polls and the beginning of […]

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A Welcomed Victory for the NY Home Care Industry

On March 26, 2019, the New York Court of Appeals issued a highly favorable decision for the New York home care industry.  The Court of Appeals reversed two Appellate Division decisions, Andryeyeva v. New York Health Care, Inc. and Moreno v. Future Care Health Services, Inc., and deferentially relied on the New York Department of […]

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Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with physical and mental disabilities in places of public accommodation such as restaurants, movie theaters, stores, schools, offices, recreation facilities, etc.  Since Congress passed the ADA in 1990, lawyers have used the ADA as a tool to compel businesses to remove physical barriers in stores, […]

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NYC Deems Race Discrimination on the Basis of Hair is Illegal

Effective February 29, 2019, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) released detailed legal guidance setting forth new protections the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) has enacted to protect the rights of New Yorkers to maintain hairstyles closely related with their racial, ethnic, or cultural identities.  The NYCCHR’s legal guidance expressly […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Releases New Proposal for Rule On Overtime

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced on March 7, 2019 a new proposed rule that could potentially make more than a million American workers eligible for overtime. The DOL’s proposed rule seeks to raise the annual minimum salary requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemptions from the current level of […]

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How to Develop a Compliant Criminal Background Check HR Policy

Any employer that conducts criminal background checks throughout their hiring process should create and implement a criminal background check policy.  This policy will enable your Human Resources department to be consistent when making hiring decisions and will ensure all screening procedures comply with any local, state or federal employment laws.  When hiring and screening is […]

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Downsizing? How to Salvage Your Company’s Morale During & After Layoffs

Most managers will tell you that one of the most difficult tasks they have to do is to layoff employees when the company is reorganizing or downsizing.  Layoffs are often the result of positions being eliminated merely to reduce costs.  The truth is that there is no easy way for a manger to deliver the […]

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