For one reason or another, there are a number of employers that don’t have an employee handbook. Usually it is because they are too new a business with too few employees to justify having one, or they consider handbooks oppressive documents that employees never read anyway. It’s not the subject of this post, so I … Read more
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As 2018 wraps up, it’s time to take a quick look at some of the changes New York City employers should expect in the year ahead. Minimum Wage Increases On December 31, 2018, New York’s minimum wage will increase as follows: NYC – Large Employers (of 11 or more) – $15.00/hour NYC – Small Employers … Read more
By October 9, every employer in New York State is required to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy that meets or exceeds certain minimum standards. Specifically, the policy must: prohibit sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the New York State Department of Labor in consultation with the New York State Division of Human Rights; … Read more
New York’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFL) will provide New York employees with up to 12 weeks of job-protected paid family leave to bond with a new child, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or address a qualifying exigency relating to the active military duty of a spouse, domestic partner, … Read more
In June 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released an 88-page report on harassment in the workplace. The report (available here) calls for “a reboot of workplace harassment prevention efforts” in light of the fact that one-third of the approximately 90,000 charges of discrimination received by the EEOC in fiscal year 2015 included an … Read more
Though there are many laws requiring employers to notify employees of certain workplace rights, there are actually no federal, New York State or New York City laws specifically requiring an employer to have an employee handbook. However, there are a number of reasons why creating and maintaining an employee handbook is a good idea and … Read more