Tag Archives: Human Resources

Ensure Compliance With Pay Equity Laws During Year-End Compensation Practices

During this time of year, it is common for employers to conduct employee performance reviews and make decisions about employee raises and year-end bonuses.  Many employers fail to consider the federal and state pay-equity laws, and the level of heightened scrutiny surrounding compensation decisions, when making these decisions about employee bonuses and raises.  This is […]

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The Importance of Documenting Verbal Discussions with Employees

Small businesses typically do not have a full time, in-house human resources manager or other advisors on staff to handle employee complaints, nor are they equipped to deal with investigating allegations.  However, regardless of the size of the organization, the standards of proof under the law are no less stringent when an employee files a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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