Recordkeeping Guidance for Employers Seeking FFCRA Tax Credits

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”), which was effective April 1, 2020 and ends December 31, 2020, provides small and midsize employers (under 500 employees) with refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for qualifying leave related to COVID-19. … Read more

Mandatory Posting: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Notice Now Available

The U.S. Department of Labor has released the model Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) notice (available here).  Private employers with fewer than 500 employees must post the notice and are recommended to do so in advance of the April 1, 2020 effective date of the FFCRA. Each covered employer must post the notice in … Read more

When Must Non-Exempt Employees Be Paid for Travel Away from Home?

Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, there are circumstances where employers must pay non-exempt employees for travel time. Travel that keeps an employee away from home overnight is compensable time when it cuts across the employee’s workday. The rationale is that the employee is simply substituting travel for other duties.  The time is not … Read more

NDA Carve-Out Language for New York Employers

Some non-disclosure obligation is usually presented to an employee upon hire or termination of employment.  Upon hire, the obligation usually takes the form of a stand-alone non-disclosure agreement (NDA) or it is part of a larger employment agreement or non-compete agreement meant to maintain the confidentiality of the employer’s commercially valuable information.  Upon termination of … Read more

New York State Requires Reasonable Accommodation for Victims of Domestic Violence

Come November 18, 2019, employers in New York State must grant employees who are victims of domestic violence with reasonable time off as an accommodation in order to: seek medical attention for injuries caused by domestic violence, including for a child who is the victim of domestic violence; obtain services from a domestic violence shelter, … Read more

As Election Day Approaches, Don’t Forget About New York’s New Voting Leave Law

This past spring, New York’s election laws were amended to provide for an additional hour of paid time off from work to vote. Previously, New York employers only had to provide employees with up to two hours of paid time off from work to vote and only if employees did not have sufficient time to … Read more

New York’s Expanded Pay Equity Law Goes into Effect on October 8

New York has long prohibited unequal pay for unequal work based on sex.  However, come October 8, 2019, New York employers will also be prohibited from paying employees who are a member of one or more protected classes (no longer limited to sex) at a lesser rate than employees outside the protected class or classes … Read more