Recently, Mintz Levin held a seminar in New York City that we designed to address some of the major challenges employers are facing in the New Year. Our program contained segments on New York City’s paid sick leave law, effective management of HR Issues, the Affordable Care Act, employment practices liability insurance coverage, and workplace privacy. Over the next few weeks we will be posting a series of entries following up on the critical workplace issues raised during these segments.First up: New York City’s paid sick leave law.For this segment, we were fortunate enough to be joined by Julie Menin, the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, Marla Tepper, the Department’s General Counsel, and Jill Maxwell, an Agency Attorney in the Department’s Paid Sick Leave Division. Ms. Menin presented on the Department’s enforcement efforts, while Ms. Tepper and Ms. Maxwell later answered attendee questions. Here is a … [Read more...] about Workplace Challenges in 2015, Part 1 of 5: New York City Paid Sick Leave Law Update
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New York City continues to refine existing obligations imposed on New York City employers and propose new ones. The City has:(i) enacted its first set of amendments to the New York City Earned Sick Time Act’s (ESTA) administrative rules originally issued in July 2014; and(ii) proposed initial rules related to the criminal background information law, the Fair Chance Act (FCA).ESTA Rules Amendments and Updated FAQsAmendments to the New York City Earned Sick Time Act’s administrative rules became effective on March 4, 2016. Significant revisions include:1. Clarification of recordkeeping requirements and the effect of a failure to maintain, retain, or produce required records pursuant to a notice of hearing issued to an employer.In addition to the standard information required, records must include “[t]he date that the Notice of Rights as set forth in section 20-919 of the Administrative Code was provided to the employee and proof that the Notice … [Read more...] about New York City Update: New Developments in Paid Sick Leave, Consideration of Criminal Background Information
The New York Court of Appeals ruled that the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) does not permit a claim of disability discrimination based solely on a perception of untreated alcoholism. To sustain a claim, an individual must actually be a recovered (or recovering) alcoholic and no longer abusing alcohol. Makinen v. City of New York, 2017 NY Slip Op. 07208 (N.Y. October 17, 2017).As we discussed in a previous blog post, two former New York City police officers were not alcoholics, but were falsely accused of abusing alcohol in the context of their respective child custody disputes. Those allegations were reported to the New York City Police Department. The NYPD gave the police officers mandatory referrals to the Department’s Counseling Services Unit where they were diagnosed with alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. The officers accepted alcohol treatment in order to avoid disciplinary action, but maintained that they were not, in … [Read more...] about New York’s Highest Court Rules That Perceived Alcoholics Are Not Protected Under New York City Human Rights Law
The Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, issued its decision June 30 in Berman v. City of New York (PDF). In a 4-2 decision, the court determined that the law was not pre-empted by state laws regulating attorneys. "There is no express conflict between the broad authority accorded to the courts to regulate attorneys under the judiciary law and the licensing of individuals as attorneys who are engaged in debt-collection activity falling outside of the practice of law and, thus, the local law does not impose an additional requirement for attorneys to practice law. Rather, the regulatory schemes can be seen as complementary to, and compatible with, one another."In 1984, the New York city council enacted Local Law 65, which required debt-collection agencies to obtain a license to operate in the city. In its original version, the ordinance excluded attorneys. But in 2009, the city council enacted Local Law 15, amending the original ordinance. One of the key changes was to include … [Read more...] about Lawyers engaging in debt collection may be regulated by a New York City ordinance, say courts
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Supported by Join us as we travel down this rabbit hole. ByCaity Weaver Nov. 10, 2018 Most Americans will go their entire lives without ever holding a piece of paper that is more than three times longer than a normal piece of paper, but of standard width. Try, for a moment, to envision such a sheet. Does the paper of your reckoning For New York voters in four of the city’s five boroughs on Tuesday, this Frankensteinian concept of ultralong paper was made manifest, as they were handed midterm election ballots measuring 34 inches in length, and far fewer problems reported there.) For reference, thirty-four inches is the number, from withers to paw, of what the American Kennel Club would classify as a show-worthy adult male Irish wolfhound, as well as the height of a three-story Barbie Dream House. Elsewhere in the country, … [Read more...] about Why Did New York City’s Electorate Submit Votes on a Piece of Paper Several Inches Longer Than a Page of the U.S. Constitution?