Tag Archives: Employee Handbooks

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Heads Up New York! Here are the 2019 Minimum Wage and Overtime Salary Threshold Increases

The New York State Budget provides that the minimum wage rates and overtime salary thresholds will increase under a phased-in schedule based on the employer’s location in the state.  Unlike most other states, New York has one of the most complicated minimum wage rate structures.  Not only does New York set a minimum wage rate, […]

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How To Avoid The Top 10 FLMA Mistakes Employers Make

Navigating the maze of legal requirements applicable to employee leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be a daunting task for employers.  To make matters worse, the law is full of traps that can easily ambush employers that let their guard down.  So to help employers avoid costly missteps, we decided to look […]

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