GENDA Now in Effecct

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The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) is now officially in effect as of Feb. 24. GENDA bars discrimination, harassment and retaliation on the basis of “gender identity or expression,” which is defined as “a person’s actual or perceived gender-related identity, … Read More

NYC Bans Hair Style Discrimination

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The New York City Commission on Human Rights this week issued enforcement guidance to prohibit workplace discrimination based on an employee’s hair style. Employers are thereby prohibited from punishing, demoting, firing or taking other adverse actions against workers who wear … Read More

Gov. Cuomo Proposes Crackdown on Wage Theft

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is floating a proposal for new legislation designed to toughen the penalties for employers who withhold wages from employees — commonly called wage theft. If enacted, his proposal would install new penalties ranging from a Class B … Read More

State Passes Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Measure

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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act into law this past Friday, the governor’s office announced. Titled the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), the bill defines “gender identity or expression” as “a person’s actual or perceived gender-related identity, … Read More

NLRB to Redefine ‘Protected Concerted Activity’

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), now with a 3-1 Republican majority, is seeking to limit the uses of the “protected concerted activity” clause of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In a decision rendered Jan. 11, the majority members … Read More

NYC Guarantees Health Care for All

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is rolling out an initiative — with a promised $100 million-a-year investment — to guarantee all residents of his city access to health care. He calls it NYC Care. What he envisions is … Read More

NY Sexual Harassment Guidance Released

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On Oct. 1, New York released final guidance on the anti-sexual harassment measures passed along with the 2018-2019 state budget. Employers now have until Oct. 9, 2019, to provide employees with the mandated training. A PowerPoint training presentation with additional … Read More

WeWork Reaches Settlement over Non-Compete Covenants

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WeWork, an international company providing co-work office space, has reached a settlement with the New York State Attorney General over its use of non-compete agreements, which forced employees at its locations nationwide to agree not to take employment in any city … Read More

New FCRA Forms Must Be Used

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued an interim final rule updating two model disclosures to reflect changes made to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by recent legislation. Beginning Friday, Sept. 21, employers and background check agencies must … Read More

Bipartisan Deal Announced for Cost-Sharing Payments to Obamacare Insurers

Senators Lamar Alexander (R.-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D.-Wash.) today announced they have reached agreement on a bipartisan bill that will fund cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers serving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Obamacare) marketplaces for two years.   CSRs are allowed … Read More

OSHA Plans to Update Lockout/Tagout Rule

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will launch a request for public input next April as it seeks to update its 1989 lockout/tagout standard, which is falling behind the times, especially when it comes to computer-based control of hazardous … Read More

Dogs in Outdoor Dining Areas

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A permittee who allows dogs that are not service dogs to accompany their owners in outdoor dining areas in New York City must post a sign at or near the entrance to the food service establishment with the following statement: … Read More