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New York Bans Salary History Questions

Parades are known for a lot of things, not to mention confetti, marching bands, and floats. But employment law?

At a recent celebration honoring the U.S. women’s national team, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new state law banning salary history questions during the interview process. The law comes bundled with other changes, including an expansion of the state’s existing equal pay rules.

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NYC Considers New Vacation Day Requirements

With a new proposal making the rounds in New York, workers in the city that never sleeps could be entitled to some R&R.

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a proposal that would require businesses to offer at least 10 days of paid time off each year. Employees would be able to use the days for “any purpose,” including vacation, bereavement, and family time. The rules would apply to businesses with five or more employees.

The proposal sits with the New York City Council and Council Speaker Corey Johnson. If approved, it would make the city the first in the nation with a paid time off mandate.

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Over 80 HR Laws Take Effect on Jan. 1

Forget the champagne and confetti—HR teams have a different kind of New Year’s tradition.

Every January, states and cities across the country enact laws impacting company policies and employee wages. While the Trump administration has slowed regulations at the federal level, local activity has remained fast and furious. Over 80 new employer requirements will take effect on January 1, 2019, involving workplace issues ranging from overtime exemption to criminal history access.

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NYC to Require Workplace Lactation Rooms

With a series of ordinances recently passed by the New York City Council, city employers will soon need to offer on-premises lactation rooms for nursing employees. The requirements are the first of their kind in the Empire State. Existing state law only mandates that businesses provide nursing mothers with break time to express milk.

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NY and NJ Airport Workers to Receive Nation’s Highest Minimum Wage

New York-area airport workers will soon have the highest minimum wage in the country. The increase will raise the minimum hourly rate for almost 40,000 airport workers to $19 by 2023.

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NY Sexual Harassment Training Requirement Takes Effect October 9

On October 9, 2018, New York will join California, Connecticut, and Maine as the fourth state in the nation to require mandatory training in sexual harassment prevention for all organizations with employees based in the state. New York City is doing its own part too, with additional training legislation going into effect in April 2019. (Not to worry about following two sets of training requirements, though—the New York State training requirements are expected to be essentially similar to those of NYC.)

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NY Considers Eliminating Tip Credit

A new proposal served up by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has restaurant owners asking for the check.
 

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New York Set to Expand Paid Leave Eligibility

While federal lawmakers debate the merits of paid leave in Washington, the Empire State is working on ways to make its existing program even more generous.
 

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Your Guide to NY Paid Family Leave

When it comes to paid family leave, the Empire State offers the king of all programs. Unfortunately, navigating its ins-and-outs can sometimes pose a real challenge.
 

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NYC Proposal Would Make After-Hours Emails Illegal

Work-life balance could go from an employment “nice to have” to compliance necessity in the Big Apple. Following France’s lead, New York City lawmakers are considering a proposal that would make it illegal for private businesses to require workers to check their email after hours.