Alerts

The BakerHostetler Quarterly New York Employment Law Newsletter

Alerts / July 19, 2018

Welcome to the first edition of The BakerHostetler Quarterly New York Employment Law Newsletter. We are pleased to share our analysis of some of the key employment trends that affected New York employers in 2017, and our expectations for 2018. Please contact Amy J. Traub, whose information is listed at the end of the newsletter, if you have questions or would like additional information on these or other issues as they unfold in the coming months.

In this newsletter, we focus on the following significant developments from the past year:

  • Predictable Schedules a Right, Not a Privilege, in NYC Fast-Food and Retail Industries
  • The Second Circuit Finds Title VII Protects Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination
  • New York Institutes Paid Family Leave
  • Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements as Valid and Enforceable
  • In New York, Employers Are Now Responsible for Harassment of Nonemployees
  • New York City Expands Paid Sick Leave Law With Creation of ‘Safe Time’
  • As of July 1, 2018, New Jersey Has One of the Most Employee-Friendly Equal Pay Laws in the Country
  • New York State Anti-Harassment Measures Passed in the 2019 Budget Bill Begin to Take Effect
  • Anti-Sexual Harassment Policies and Training
  • Prohibition on Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims Begins July 11
  • Limitations on Nondisclosure Agreements Related to Sexual Harassment Claims, Which Began on July 11
  • New York City to Follow in New York State’s Footsteps
  • New Jersey Adopts a Statewide Paid Sick Leave Act
  • More Scheduling Accommodations Required by New NYC Law Taking Effect July 18
  • New York State Scheduling Regulations

We hope that you use our analysis and forecasts for the rest of 2018 to help you navigate what is likely to be a year of unprecedented change.

For updates throughout the year, please visit the Employment Law Spotlight blog and the blogs sponsored by other practice teams, including the Employment Class Action Report blog.

Authorship credit: Amy J. Traub – Editor, Shawn N. Butte, Tracy Cole, Fanny A. Ferdman, Paul Rosenberg, Saima Z. Sheikh, Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo.

Baker & Hostetler LLP publications are intended to inform our clients and other friends of the firm about current legal developments of general interest. They should not be construed as legal advice, and readers should not act upon the information contained in these publications without professional counsel. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you written information about our qualifications and experience.

Blog

In The Blogs

Previous Next
Employment Law Spotlight
Not Dead Yet: The States' New Strategy for Attacking Independent Contractor Misclassification Can Be Relentless — and Costly.
By Todd H. Lebowitz
November 20, 2019
For years, state governments have claimed they were losing hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid withholdings as a result of independent contractor misclassification. Now, one state is making a grab for a massive piece of that pie —...
Read More ->
Employment Law Spotlight
New York City Extends NYCHRL Employment Protections to Freelancers and Independent Contractors
By Marc-Joseph Gansah, Amy J. Traub
November 18, 2019
On Oct. 13, 2019, New York City enacted Int. 136-A (the Law), expanding the employment protections of the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to freelancers and independent contractors. The Law will take effect on Jan. 11, 2020. The...
Read More ->
Employment Law Spotlight
California Court of Appeal Determines Customer of Staffing Agency Is Employer Because of Direction and Control
By Eric W. Witt
November 8, 2019
In Jimenez v. U.S. Continental Marketing, Inc., the California Court of Appeal addressed whether the plaintiff and appellant, Elvia Velasco Jimenez, was an “employee” of a contracting employer under the California Fair Employment and...
Read More ->
Employment Law Spotlight
Ahead of 2020 Election, New York City Issues Enforcement Guidance on National Origin and Immigration Status Discrimination
By Marc-Joseph Gansah, Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo
October 21, 2019
Immigration has been at the forefront of news reports and court cases recently, and has already proven to be a hot button issue for the 2020 election candidates to debate. As we move closer to the election, such political conversation may...
Read More ->
Employment Law Spotlight
California Employers Receive Favorable Interpretation of "Regular Rate of Compensation" in Labor Code Provision Concerning Meal and Rest Period Premium Pay and Guidance Regarding Lawful Rounding Practices
By Sabrina L. Shadi, Eric W. Witt
October 18, 2019
Earlier this month, a California Court of Appeal issued an opinion that is good news for California employers. The opinion addressed the meaning of “regular rate of compensation” in California Labor Code section 226.7, which requires...
Read More ->