In March 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation amending the New York State Human Rights Law to establish a sexual harassment hotline directly to the New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR). The hotline (800-HARASS-3), which is now active, is intended to be staffed by pro bono lawyers experienced in counseling individuals on sexual harassment. Contact with the hotline does not constitute the filing of a harassment complaint, and individuals intending to file a complaint with the NYSDHR would still be required to follow existing procedures for doing so. Continue Reading New York Workplace Sexual Harassment Hotline Now Operational

Earlier this month, the New York State Senate passed a pay transparency bill similar to a New York City law passed last November. We wrote about the New York City law here and here. Senate Bill S9427A would apply to employers with four or more employers, but not to temporary employment firms. Like the New York City law, the bill would require employers to provide a “range of compensation” for positions that can or will be performed in New York State. The bill defines “range of compensation” to mean “the minimum and maximum salary or hourly range of compensation for a job, promotion, or transfer. . . that the employer in good faith believes to be accurate at the time of the positing.” The bill also imposes recordkeeping requirements, and civil penalties for violations. Continue Reading New York State Senate Passes Bill Requiring Disclosure of Compensation Ranges for Jobs to Employees and Applicants

On May 17, 2022, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law the so-called “captive audience” bill (Senate Bill 163), which prohibits employers from requiring their employees to (a) attend employer-sponsored meetings that have a primary purpose of communicating the employer’s opinion concerning religious or political matters, or (b) listen to speech or view communications that have a primary purpose of communicating the employer’s opinion regarding religious or political matters.  The law goes into effect on July 1, 2022. Continue Reading Connecticut Governor Signs Law Prohibiting Employer-Employee “Captive Audience” Communications

On January 15, 2022, New York City Council adopted a local law requiring covered employers with four or more employees to include salary ranges for open job positions beginning on May 15, 2022. For more information on the Local Law, see our original blog post here. On April 28, 2022, the City Council adopted an amendment to the Local Law, moving the effective date to November 1, 2022.

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On March 22, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) partially reopened the comment period to allow for additional public comment on specific topics covered by its proposed final standard to protect healthcare workers from workplace exposure to COVID-19. Continue Reading OSHA Seeks Comments on Proposed Final Rule Protecting Healthcare Works from Occupational Exposure to COVID-19

On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021” (the “Act”).  The Act, which takes effect immediately, amends the Federal Arbitration Act (the “FAA”) by narrowing both its scope and applicability. Specifically, the Act prohibits employers from forcing employees to settle sexual misconduct claims in closed-door arbitration venues. Continue Reading The End of Forced Arbitration in Sexual Misconduct Cases

On January 15, 2022, the New York City Council adopted an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), requiring covered employers to include salary ranges for positions open to prospective or current employees.  Employers with four or more employees (including independent contractors) are covered by the law.  The new Local Law, which takes effect on May 15, 2022, expands upon a 2017 amendment that barred employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s “salary history.” Continue Reading New York City Enacts Law Requiring Employers to Provide Salary Ranges in Job Advertisements

On January 25, 2022, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that local fitness centers violated Connecticut’s nondiscrimination statute by maintaining a separate workout area for women only. Continue Reading “Women-Only” Workout Areas Violate Connecticut Discrimination Laws

On January 13, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision blocking the Biden administration from enforcing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) rule mandating vaccine-or-testing for large businesses. Continue Reading Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement of OSHA Vaccine-or-Testing Mandate

Several updates related to COVID-19 vaccination mandates occurred this week at the federal and local levels.  On December 17, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay on the federal government’s mandate that employees of covered employers receive a COVID-19 vaccination or undergo weekly testing.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) will begin enforcing the previously stayed Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) on January 10, 2022. Continue Reading Hello Again: OSHA’s COVID 19 Vaccination Mandate for Private Employers is Back, and NYC has Its Own