Expanding Job Opportunities in Financial Institutions for Many with Criminal Records
On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed legislation, which includes the passage of the Fair Hiring in Banking Act. The Act expands job opportunities in banking and financial institutions for those with a previous criminal offense. The new law is in line with a growing number of jurisdictions across the country that have prohibited private…March 23, 2023
Goodbye Secret Settlements? National Labor Relations Board Says No to Broad Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement in Severance Agreements
On February 21, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board decided in McLaren Macomb that Employers violate federal labor law if they offer severance agreements that include broad confidentiality clauses and/or non-disparagement clauses. Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act protects workers’ right to engage in “concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or…March 17, 2023
New York State Amends the State’s Pay Transparency Law
On March 3, 2023, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed amendments to the New York Pay and Transparency Law. The New York Pay and Transparency Law, which was originally signed into law in December 2022, requires employers to list salary ranges for all advertised jobs and promotions. The recent amendments make significant changes to both…March 10, 2023
Pumping? Your Rights to Break Time and Private Space
On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed legislation, which includes the passage of the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act (“PUMP Act”). PUMP stands for “Providing Urgent Maternal Protections,” and expands the rights of nursing employees to have time and a private space to pump breastmilk at work. The PUMP Act expands coverage to workers in…March 3, 2023
Family Medical Leave Can Be Taken in Increments of Less than a Day
On February 9, 2023, the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor released an opinion letter clarifying that employees can take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) in increments, including increments that are less than a full workday. FMLA protects the right of eligible employees to take unpaid,…February 16, 2023
What is the NJ Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights?
On February 6, 2023, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a new law, New Jersey Bill A1474, seeking to ensure basic protections and dignity for temporary workers. The “Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights” will go into effect on August 5, 2023. The law seeks to ensure that the 127,000 temporary workers in New Jersey, who…February 10, 2023
What Do the New Jersey WARN Act Amendments Mean?
On January 10, 2023, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law amending the New Jersey WARN Act, effective April 10, 2023. The amendments in question were initially approved in 2020 but their implementation was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing state of emergency. Lawmakers have decided that the ongoing state of…January 12, 2023
What is New York State’s Pay Transparency Law?
On December 21, 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a statewide pay transparency law. Like the NYC pay transparency law, this state law requires employers to list salary ranges for all advertised jobs and promotions. Under the New York State pay transparency law, employers must disclose the compensation or a range of…January 9, 2023
The Speak Out Act: Empowering Victims of Workplace Harassment
On December 7, 2022, President Biden signed the Speak Out Act into law. The Speak Out Act aims to empower victims of workplace sexual assault and harassment by limiting enforcement of pre-dispute nondisclosure and nondisparagement clauses in employment contracts. Under the Speak Out Act, employers may no longer enforce nondisclosure and nondisparagement clauses that were…January 5, 2023
New York Law to Protect Workers from Retaliation for Taking Sick and Other Leave
On November 21, 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law legislation meant to protect workers from being disciplined for taking protected leave. The law takes effect on February 19, 2023. The new law amends and expands section 215 of the New York Labor Law, which generally provides workers protection from retaliation by their…December 1, 2022