Effective November 8, 2019, New York State passed a non-discrimination law addressing protections for employees and their reproductive and sexual health decisions, giving these employees protected status. What the Law Covers The New York State Labor Law, Section 203-e focuses on the protection of “reproductive health decision making,” defined as “including, but not limited to, the decision to use or access a
In mid-September 2019, lawmakers in the House of Representatives ("House") passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (FAIR). This bill bars businesses from forcing their employees, as well as their customers, to resolve legal disputes via private arbitration. With arbitration, there is no jury, no judge, and very little governmental oversight. Arbitration clauses, often seen in customer and employment contracts, block employees
The New York City Council passed Intro 799 this past June. This ordinance is awaiting the mayor's signature, and it will protect individuals who request reasonable accommodations from retaliation by their employers. What does this mean for you? The New York City Human Rights Law is one of the most progressive anti-discrimination laws in the nation. The law mandates that all employers
In an era of record-low unemployment, older workers are still facing discrimination in the workplace. Even in areas where employers are desperate for workers, those over 50 may have difficulty in finding a job that suits their talents and experience. According to recent employment statistics, more than half of all workers over the age of 50 lose their jobs before retirement age.
On May 30, 2019, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reached an agreement in a class-action lawsuit regarding its parental leave policies. The father who initiated the case had been denied the 16 weeks of paid parental leave offered by the company because he was deemed not to be the child's primary caregiver. The proposed settlement will include changes to the company's policy and
The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) announced on April 1, 2019, that it plans to limit the ability of employees to pursue claims against companies based on the actions of their franchise owners or contractors. While employees could still take legal action against their local franchise holder or contractor, the new proposal would prevent them from including the franchisor as part of
According to an article published in The New York Times, New York City has announced its intention to take another step forward in protecting individuals from discrimination within city limits. The New York City Commission on Human Rights released new guidelines on February 18, 2019, that will prohibit discrimination against people because of their hairstyle or hair. While the law applies to