Published: September 16, 2019

Please join us as the Firm’s Labor & Employment Practice hosts our Executive Series, "Federal and State Employment Law Update" on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. This program will be live streamed from our Philadelphia office to each of the following Firm offices. (When registering, please be sure to indicate your choice of location).

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Published: August 27, 2019

On August 8, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) released an Opinion Letter clarifying that parents of students with special education needs may take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to attend a meeting related to addressing those needs. Importantly, the DOL stated that its analysis and conclusion apply to "any meetings held pursuant to the [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act], and any applicable state or local law, regardless of the term used for such meetings."

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Published: August 26, 2019

Earlier this summer the New York State Senate and Assembly passed a bill aimed to amend the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) and the N.Y. Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR) to combat harassment and provide substantial new protections for workers. Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law on August 12, 2019. The following provisions highlight the major changes that employers should immediately prepare for:

Lowering the Standard to Prove Harassment

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Published: August 20, 2019

The New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo have been busy in 2019 enacting laws that will have a lasting impact on employers and workers in the Empire State for years to come. Among these are bans on inquiring about salary history, and discriminating against individuals on the basis of their natural hairstyle. Employers should understand the implications of these laws, and if necessary, amend their policies and practices accordingly.

Salary History Ban and Pay Equity Law

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Published: August 13, 2019

On August 6, 2019, Acting Governor Sheila Oliver signed a bill (S-1790) imposing tougher penalties for "wage theft." The law significantly increases penalties for employers, including potential imprisonment for employers who run afoul of its provisions, and provides added protections for employee retaliation claims.

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