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New York Governor’s Proposed FY25 Budget Includes Measure to Eliminate Liquidated Damages for Pay Frequency Violations

On January 17, 2024, New York Governor Kathy Hochul released her proposed Executive Budget for fiscal year 2025.  The budget includes proposed legislation that would amend the New York Labor Law to confirm that liquidated damages are not available as a remedy for a violation of Labor Law § 191(1)(a)(1), which requires—absent a waiver from … Continue Reading

New York Appellate Division Says No Private Action for Violations of Weekly Pay Law, Creating Split in Precedent

In a hotly anticipated decision, the Appellate Division, Second Department held on January 17, 2024 that no private right of action exists for a violation of Labor Law § 191(1)(a), which—absent a waiver by the Commissioner of Labor—requires New York employers to pay “manual workers” no less frequently than weekly.  The decision, in Grant v. … Continue Reading

New York Finalizes Increases in Minimum Wage, Minimum Salaries for Exemption in 2024

On December 27, 2023, the New York State Department of Labor published a Notice of Adoption in the New York State Register, finalizing increases in the minimum wage and minimum salaries for exemption effective January 1, 2024. The minimum wage for employees in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties increases to $16 per … Continue Reading

New York Enacts Statewide “Freelance Isn’t Free Act”

On November 22, 2023, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a statewide “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” to provide certain protections for freelance workers.  The act mirrors protections in New York City’s law of the same name, which took effect in May 2017. Here are the highlights of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, which … Continue Reading

New York State Releases Updated Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy and Training

The New York State Department of Labor (“DOL”) has released its long-awaited updated model sexual harassment prevention policy that addresses issues such as gender identity, remote work, and bystander intervention. As we previously reported, the DOL published proposed changes to the model policy in January of this year, and the updated policy largely mirrors those … Continue Reading

New York Employers Must Make Required Workplace Postings Available Electronically to Employees

Effectively immediately, employers in New York State are required to make digital versions of required federal and state postings available to employees. Specifically, under an amendment to Section 201 of the N.Y. Labor Law, digital versions of “all . . . documents required to be physically posted at a worksite pursuant to state law or federal … Continue Reading

Proposed Legislation Limiting Inquiries into an Applicant’s Criminal History Prior to an Offer of Employment Introduced in the New York State Legislature

On February 7, 2023, Bill No. A03726 was introduced before the New York State Assembly which, if passed, would prohibit employers from inquiring about or making statements regarding “the arrest record or conviction record of any person who is in the process of applying for employment or interviewing for employment with such employer.” This proposed … Continue Reading

UPDATED: New York State Enacts Amendments to Pay Transparency Law Taking Effect Later This Year

***UPDATE: Governor Hochul signed the amendments into law on March 3, 2023.*** The New York State Legislature has approved chapter amendments to  New York State’s pay transparency law, which is slated to take effect on September 17, 2023.  The most notable revision would provide that the law applies to remote positions physically performed outside of … Continue Reading

New York Considering Expanding NY Paid Family Leave Law to Include Fetal and Infant Bereavement Purposes

The New York State legislature is considering a bill (A.3737/S.4259) that would expand the covered reasons for leave under the New York Paid Family Leave Law (“NYPFLL”) to include fetal and infant bereavement. Currently, the NYPFLL provides eligible New York employees with up to 12 weeks of partially paid leave in a rolling 12-month period … Continue Reading

New York Issues Required Posting Regarding Veteran Benefits and Services

The New York Department of Labor has issued a required posting regarding benefits and services available to military veterans in accordance with S.1961B/A3913. The law, which took effect on January 1, 2023 and amends the NY Labor Law, requires New York employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees to display the poster “in a … Continue Reading

New York State Releases Proposed Changes to Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy

On January 12, 2023 the New York State Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an updated Proposed Sexual Harassment Prevention Model Policy which, among other things, addresses remote work, gender identity and bystander intervention methods.  The public has 30 days (until February 11) to comment on the proposed revisions prior to a final version being adopted. … Continue Reading

New York State DOL Increases Upstate New York Minimum Wage, Proposes Hike in Upstate Minimum Salary for Exemption

As part of its goal of phasing in a $15 minimum wage for all employees in New York, the State began implementing annual increases in 2016 across all regions.  The annual increases are published by the Commissioner of Labor on or about October 1 of each year, and are based on percentage increases determined by … Continue Reading

UPDATE: New York City’s Pay Transparency Law Is Here – Are You Ready?

Paying WagesNew York City’s pay transparency law, which requires most New York City employers to disclose salary ranges in their job postings, took effect on November 1, 2022. As we previously reported, the new law amends the New York City Human Rights Law to require covered employers who post a job, promotion, or transfer opportunity for … Continue Reading

New York State to Fund Bonuses for Certain Healthcare Workers as Part of State Budget

As part of the Fiscal Year 2023 New York state Executive Budget legislation, $1.2 billion in funding has been allocated for the payment of bonuses for certain “frontline” healthcare workers. With the stated goals to “recruit, retain, and reward health care and mental hygiene workers,” the provision – located within Part D of the Health … Continue Reading

[Podcast]: The New York City Pay Transparency Law

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, partner Evandro Gigante and associate Laura Fant discuss a recent New York City law requiring employers to state salary ranges in job postings. Effective May 15, 2022, as an amendment to the New York City Human Rights law, it shall now be an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer or their agent to … Continue Reading

(UPDATED) New York State Court Strikes Down Statewide Mask or Vaccine Requirement for Indoor Public Places

***UPDATE: In a whiplash-inducing turn, on January 25, 2022, the New York State Appellate Division granted a stay of the Nassau County court’s decision pending determination of the State’s appeal.  As such, the mask-or-vaccine requirement remains in effect for the moment.  We will continue to monitor and report on further developments.*** On January 24, 2022, … Continue Reading

New York City and State Update COVID Quarantine and Isolation Guidance to Align With CDC’s Shortened Timeframes

CoronovirusOn January 22, 2022, New York City updated its quarantine and isolation guidance to align with the CDC’s recent shortening of both (i) the recommended timeframe for isolation following a COVID-19 diagnosis for individuals regardless of vaccination status, and (ii) the recommended quarantine period following a COVID-19 exposure for vaccinated individuals. New York State has … Continue Reading

New York State Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rule for HERO Act Workplace Safety Committees

On December 22, 2021, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYDOL”) issued a proposed rule regarding workplace safety committees under the HERO Act. As we have previously reported, the HERO Act requires all employers in New York State to adopt a prevention plan to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne infectious … Continue Reading

New York State to Require Certain Private Employers to Automatically Enroll Employees in State Retirement Program

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed into law a bill that will require certain private employers in the state to automatically enroll their employees in a state-administered retirement savings plan if the employer does not offer its own qualified retirement plan.  The law took effect immediately upon signing on October 21, 2021, though employers … Continue Reading

New York State Issues Updated Guidance On HERO Act

On September 30, 2021, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) released an updated set of frequently asked questions on the HERO Act. As we previously reported, the HERO Act requires all employers in New York to implement certain safety standards and adopt a prevention plan to protect against the spread of airborne infectious … Continue Reading

New York Legislates Joint Wage Liability for Construction Industry Contractors

On September 6, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law New York Senate Bill S2766, which makes contractors in the construction industry jointly and severally liable for wages owed to employees of its subcontractors.  The groundbreaking new law—which adds new section 198-e to the Labor Law (“§ 198-e”)—continues the expansion of worker rights … Continue Reading

New York State Issues Updated Model Workplace Safety Plans and FAQ Guidance Under the HERO Act

***UPDATE: On September 30, 2021, the New York State Department of Labor released updated FAQs regarding the HERO Act. Our blog post on this development is available here.*** On September 23, 2021, New York State issued updated model airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plans for employer use pursuant to the HERO Act. As we previously … Continue Reading
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