Three States Now Prohibit Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

Following California and New York, in December 2019, New Jersey became the third state to outlaw discrimination against people based on hairstyles associated with race and ethnicity. The “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act” (the “Crown” Act) makes it illegal to discriminate against people at work, school, or in public places based on their hair texture, hair type, and hairstyles, such as braids, dreadlocks, and twists.

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Three States Now Prohibit Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

Following California and New York, in December 2019, New Jersey became the third state to outlaw discrimination against people based on hairstyles associated with race and ethnicity. The “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act” (the “Crown” Act) makes it illegal to discriminate against people at work, school, or in public places based on their hair texture, hair type, and hairstyles, such as braids, dreadlocks, and twists.

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Two New Updates for New York State Poster

Every year, around December 31, we can count on New York State to update its Miscellaneous Industry Employees minimum wage notice. And this past December, just like 2018, the state’s Discrimination notice was also updated. New Minimum Wage Rates for Miscellaneous Industries On Dec. 30, 2019, New York State’s Department of Labor (DOL) issued the updated minimum wage notice for Miscellaneous Industry Employees, which has a revision date of 12/19.

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Safe Time Leave Law for Westchester County, NY

Effective October 30, 2019, covered employers in Westchester County, New York, must comply with a new Safe Time Leave Law. What Employers and Employees Need to Know Who Is Covered Under the Safe Time Leave Law? In general, the Safe Time Leave (STL) Law applies to all full-time and part-time employees who work more than 90 days in a year for a covered employer in Westchester County. In particular, the

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What Employers Need to Know About Meal Periods and Rest Breaks Under New York Law

New York labor laws include several important employee meal period and rest break requirements for employers to understand. Employers in New York who fail to comply with these rules subject themselves to liability, including penalties, under the state’s wage and hour laws.   Here is a summary of what New York law requires of employers when it comes to employee meals and rest breaks.   Meal Periods Under New York

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Labor Laws and Posting Requirements Affecting New York Employers

Under federal laws, as well as the laws of the New York Department of Labor, the Division of Human Rights, and other state agencies, New York employers are required to display certain posters in the workplace to remain in compliance. Employers of certain sizes or in particular industries are subject to additional posting requirements. In this blog, we’ll give you an overview of New York’s labor law posting requirements. We’ll

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Lactation Accommodations in New York City Workplaces

In November 2018, New York City (NYC) passed two laws that require employers to provide lactation accommodations to employees who request them. The NYC Commission on Human Rights (CHR) recently released guidance on these accommodations, as well as resources related to the laws. It is important to note that the laws do not have a posting requirement; however, employers must abide by certain other requirements, some of which we’ve outlined

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New York State Updates Election Law—More Time Off to Vote

New York State’s Election Law was recently updated to give employees additional time off to vote. Employers in New York must abide by the new requirements and also post the new Time Off to Vote notice, which has a revision date of 4/12/2019. Our updated New York State Poster will soon be heading out to customers in The Empire State. In the meantime, we’ve provided some information on changes to

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New Minimum Wage Rates & Discrimination Protections in New York State

December 31st is just around the corner, which means employees in New York State will soon be getting a minimum wage increase. In addition, changes to New York State’s Human Rights Law have resulted in updates to the Discrimination poster. Keep reading to find out all the details. Minimum Wage Rates for Miscellaneous Industries New York State’s Department of Labor (DOL) has just released the Miscellaneous Industry Employees’ minimum wage

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Two New Laws for New York City—New Poster Coming Soon

  Due to the recent passage of two New York City laws—the Temporary Schedule Change Law and the Stop Sexual Harassment Act—our NYC poster is getting quite a makeover! Keep reading to find out employer requirements and employee benefits related to these laws. Temporary Schedule Change Law The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs has released a notice for the Temporary Schedule Change Law, which has an effective date of July

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New Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws in New York State & New York City

Employers in New York State and New York City should be aware of recent legislation expanding employee protections related to sexual harassment in the workplace. What’s Happening in New York State? New York State’s approved budget for fiscal year 2018–2019 includes legislation that addresses workplace sexual harassment. Under the law, the NYS Department of Labor (DOL) and the Division of Human Rights (DHR) must develop a model anti-sexual harassment policy

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