New York City Enacts New “Cooperative Dialogue” Requirements for Workplace Accommodations

New York City Enacts New “Cooperative Dialogue” Requirements for Workplace Accommodations

Several recent New York City human rights law amendments in the past year have steadily increased worker protections applicable to New York City employers. As is no surprise, the mayor’s office recently adopted yet another new amendment passed by the New York City Council amending the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) effective October… Continue reading New York City Enacts New “Cooperative Dialogue” Requirements for Workplace Accommodations

Changing Workplace Culture Requires Employers to Address Little and Big Problems

Changing Workplace Culture Requires Employers to Address Little and Big Problems

Our office was closed last Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  I was at the dog park talking to a woman I know who also happens to be a lawyer.  During our discussion of how nice it was to be off of work, she mentioned that not everyone at her firm felt… Continue reading Changing Workplace Culture Requires Employers to Address Little and Big Problems

2018 · Certain Maryland Employers Must Begin Offering Paid Sick and Safe Leave Beginning February 11 · Under the Healthy Working Families Act

Certain Maryland Employers Must Begin Offering Paid Sick and Safe Leave Beginning February 11, 2018, Under the Healthy Working Families Act

On January 12, the Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto and passed the Healthy Working Families Act. The Act will go into effect on February 11, 2018, unless the General Assembly passes legislation delaying its implementation.  Yesterday, one of the principal sponsors of the law did introduce legislation that would delay enforcement of… Continue reading Certain Maryland Employers Must Begin Offering Paid Sick and Safe Leave Beginning February 11, 2018, Under the Healthy Working Families Act

Happy New Year! New York Employees Are Now Entitled to Paid Family Leave

Happy New Year! New York Employees Are Now Entitled to Paid Family Leave

As of January 1, 2018, all New York employers, regardless of size, must offer paid family leave to their employees.  Hopefully, employers already have revised policies in anticipation of the law taking effect. If employers have not revised handbooks or other policies, the law does not require employers to have a paid family leave policy. … Continue reading Happy New Year! New York Employees Are Now Entitled to Paid Family Leave

Now is the Time to Conduct Harassment Training

Now is the Time to Conduct Harassment Training

I’ve been meaning to blog about all of the harassment charges that have appeared in the news.  Every morning I would get up with a plan to talk about the latest person accused.  And almost every morning it seemed as if there was a new person to talk about.   I quite simply could not get… Continue reading Now is the Time to Conduct Harassment Training

Proposed PHRC Guidance Would Protect LGBTQ Employees in Pennsylvania

Proposed PHRC Guidance Would Protect LGBTQ Employees in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”), which enforces Pennsylvania’s state law prohibiting discrimination, has made a bit of splash in 2017.  How, you ask?  Well – that requires a bit of explanation. One of the hottest topics of debate in employment law in the past few years relates to legal protections for LGBTQ employees.  While… Continue reading Proposed PHRC Guidance Would Protect LGBTQ Employees in Pennsylvania

New York City Expands Paid Sick Leave Law

New York City Expands Paid Sick Leave Law

On November 6, 2017, the New York City Council passed Int. 1313-2016 that amends the Paid Sick Leave Law.  Don’t panic, employers. The law does not require additional leave. It merely adds another covered reason that employees may use earned paid time off.  New York City’s paid sick leave law will now be entitled the “Earned… Continue reading New York City Expands Paid Sick Leave Law