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Jun 14, 2019

New York City Amends the City Human Rights Law by Passing the “Boss Bill,” Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Employee Sexual and Reproductive Health Decisions

Effective May 20, 2019, New York City employers with four or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against employees based on their “sexual and reproductive health decisions.” Such decisions are defined as “any decision by an individual to receive services, which are arranged for or offered or provided to individuals relating to sexual and reproductive health, including the reproductive system and its functions,” and can include abortion, fertility-related medical procedures, sexually transmitted disease prevention, testing, and treatment, family planning services and counseling, use of birth control drugs and supplies, emergency contraception, sterilization, and pregnancy testing. » Read More

Jun 10, 2019

Model Lactation Room Policies and Accommodation Request Form Available to New York City Employers

New York City employers who recently became required to provide lactation room accommodations and related information to employees may now use a model request form and policies published by the New York City Human Rights Commission to satisfy the law’s documentation requirements.  » Read More

Jan 30, 2019

New York Bans Discrimination Against Transgender Employees

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved pro-LGBTQ+ legislation.  The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (“GENDA”) bans discrimination against transgender and non-binary employees working in New York.

GENDA amended New York’s Human Rights Law to include gender identity and gender expression.  » Read More

Dec 15, 2016

While USDOL’S Overtime Regulations are Held Up on Appeal, New York Presses on With its Own Salary Level Increase

2016 has proven to be an eventful year on the wage and hour front.  In May, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations governing the “white collar” executive, administrative, and professional exemptions from overtime.  The new regulations, which were scheduled to go into effect on December 1, would have increased the required salary threshold for these exemptions from $455 per week to $913 per week.  » Read More

Apr 05, 2016

$15 Minimum Wage Gains Momentum

Last week was a big one for the union-led Fight for $15 movement, as both California and New York passed laws that will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15/hour in those states over the next few years.  This figure represents the highest minimum wage nationwide; the current minimum wage in California and New York is $10/hour and $9/hour, respectively.  » Read More

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