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Arielle E. Kobetz is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of the Employment Counseling & Training Group. Her practice focuses on providing clients with strategies and counseling related to a variety of workplace-related disputes, including employee terminations and discipline, leave and accommodation requests, and general employee relations matters. She also counsels clients on developing, implementing and enforcing personnel policies and procedures and reviewing and revising employee handbooks under federal, state and local law.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Arielle served as a law clerk at the New York City Human Resources Administration, Employment Law Unit, where she worked on a variety of employment discrimination and internal employee disciplinary issues.

On May 7, 2024, the New Jersey Supreme Court held in Savage v. Township of Neptune that a non-disparagement clause in a settlement agreement between a former police sergeant and her former employer resolving sex discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims was against public policy and unenforceable under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”). 

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Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of employers with remote employees has significantly increased. Employers are reminded to monitor employment laws and ensure compliance in all jurisdictions in which they have employees performing work. Numerous employment laws—such as non-discrimination, anti-harassment, wage and hour, and leaves of absence—may cover employees performing work in remote locations, regardless

On August 11, 2023, the EEOC issued a proposed rule regarding the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”). The PWFA, which took effect on June 27, 2023 requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees or candidates with a known limitation related to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions absent undue hardship.

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The New York State Department of Labor (“NYS DOL”) issued updated regulations under the New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act (“the Act”), which requires covered employers to provide 90 days’ advance notice in the event of plant closings, mass layoffs, relocations, or reductions in work hours.  The updated regulations, which took

***UPDATED: Mayor Adams signed the ordinance into law on May 26, 2023.  The law takes effect on November 22, 2023.***

The New York City Council has approved an ordinance that, if enacted, would amend the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and access to public accommodation based on

As we have reported previously, on April 10, 2023 President Biden signed legislation ending the COVID-19 National Emergency.  However, the rollback of COVID-19 workplace requirements was already underway in many state and municipal legislatures, with some requirements having previously been repealed or with others scheduled to (or already having) sunset.  With this transition, employers