President Joe Biden is planning to issue a large-scale executive order that will restrict the use of non-compete clauses and roll back requirements for occupational licensing for specific jobs and career paths. According to members of the Biden administration, these requirements and employment contract provisions do serious and material harm to the ability of workers to seek out better employment opportunities and
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed into law a measure that affords workers an added level of protection against exposure to infectious diseases in the workplace. The New York Health and Essential Rights Act, more commonly referred to as the NY HERO Act, implements a framework that businesses and employers can use to protect their workers from airborne viruses and diseases
Source: Associated Press April 16, 2020 A nurse who led a protest in Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, demanding protective N95 masks when treating COVID-19 (coronavirus) patients, has been suspended for his actions. Mike Gulick was dismayed to learn that the hospital was not providing the standard of personal protective equipment (PPE) in N95 masks as administrators said
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.