New York Employers Must Comply with Electronic Monitoring Requirements by May 7, 2022

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Effective May 7, 2022, New York employers will be required to provide prior notice concerning the monitoring of employee telephone, email, or internet usage. Specifically, employers must notify employees that “any and all telephone conversations or transmissions, electronic mail or transmissions, or internet access or usage by an employee by any electronic device or system … Read more

Form I-9 Remote Review Extended Until October 31, 2022

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have announced another extension to flexibility relating to in-person Form I-9 compliance. As we previously reported, ICE’s temporary policy allowing employers to inspect Form I-9 documents virtually was set to end on April 30, 2022. With the new extension, the policy … Read more

NYC Pay Transparency Law Amended – Now Effective November 1, 2022

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The New York City Council approved legislation that amends provisions of the New York City Pay Transparency Law and will delay the implementation of the law until November 1, 2022. As we previously reported, the New York City Pay Transparency Law requires employers that have four or more workers advertising jobs in New York City … Read more

Proposed Changes to the Form I-9

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The Form I-9, which is used to record employment eligibility verification, as required by the federal government, is going to undergo major changes by the time the current form expires on October 31, 2022. The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has proposed the modifications, in an attempt to simplify and clarify things for employers. The … Read more

Form I-9 Remote Review Ends on April 30, 2022

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The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s temporary policy allowing employers to inspect Form I-9 documents virtually will end on April 30, 2022.  The policy was first issued in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it has been extended 12 times. Starting May 1, 2022, the eligibility documents must be reviewed in person. … Read more

New York State Amends Workplace Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Laws

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On March 16, 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law three amendments to the State’s workplace anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, expanding harassment and discrimination protections under the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”). Retaliation for Releasing Personnel Files Effective immediately, the NYSHRL’s definition of retaliation was amended to include “disclosing an employee’s … Read more

New York City Salary Disclosure Law

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Beginning May 15, 2022, employers that have four or more workers advertising jobs in New York City must include a good faith salary range for every job, promotion, and transfer opportunity advertised. The New York City Commission on Human Rights (“NYCCHR”) has issued a fact sheet answering some open questions regarding application of this new … Read more

New York City Lifts COVID-19 Mask and Vaccine Mandate

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On March 7, 2022, New York City lifted several pandemic related restrictions.  Indoor venues, including restaurants, fitness facilities, and entertainment spaces will no longer be required to check for proof of vaccination before customers enter or require people to wear masks. Businesses previously covered by Key to NYC rules will still have the flexibility to require … Read more

President Biden Signs the End of Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment and Assault Claims in the Workplace

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As anticipated, on March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021.  The law takes effect immediately. As we previously reported, Congress passed the law in February which allows employees who previously entered into agreements requiring all employment disputes to be arbitrated to be entitled … Read more

CDC Releases New Mask Guidance and New York State Lifts Mask Mandate in Schools

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The CDC released new guidance suggesting that 70 percent of Americans can now stop wearing masks, and no longer need to social distance or avoid crowded indoor spaces. The recommendations no longer rely only on the number of cases in a community to determine the need for restrictions such as mask wearing. Instead, they direct … Read more

Congress Passes the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021

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Congress recently passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021, which invalidates arbitration agreements that preclude a party from filing a lawsuit in court involving sexual assault or sexual harassment, at the election of the party alleging such conduct.  President Biden is expected to sign it into law soon.   … Read more

Mask Mandate for Businesses Is Lifted, but Certain Requirements Remain

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Governor Kathy Hochul lifted the indoor mask mandate in New York, which required businesses to ask for proof of full vaccination or require masks indoors at all times. This became effective February 10th and reflected the continued decline of the Omicron variant. The Governor left in place a mask requirement in schools until March when … Read more