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New York City Requires Cooperative Dialogue in Response to Employee Accommodation Requests

Effective October 15, 2018, New York City employers with four or more employees will be required to engage in a “cooperative dialogue” in response to employee accommodation requests for the following: disability-related accommodations; religious accommodations; accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition; and for the needs of a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking.

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Must an Employer Give Employees Time Off to Vote?

With Election Day around the corner, this is a question on many employers’ minds.  Under the Voting Leave Law, found in Section 3-110 of New York’s Election Law, an employer must grant an employee paid time off if the employee does not have “sufficient time” to vote outside of his or her working hours.

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Final Materials and Guidance Released on New York State’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Laws

As discussed in our previous post, on April 12, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State Budget Bill which included “the nation’s most aggressive anti-sexual harassment agenda.” The draft guidance issued by the State on August 23, 2018 provided several significant policy and training requirements to address workplace sexual harassment. Yesterday, the Governor announced the release of the finalized materials and guidance after an active public comment period and some noteworthy adjustments were made to the draft guidance.

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New “Summary of Rights” FCRA Notices Required Effective September 21, 2018

On May 24, 2018, the President signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”) into law, adding new Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) required notices.  The changes primarily impact consumer reporting agencies (“CRAs”) rather than employers, but one change adds a new required notice whenever a Summary of Consumer Rights is required by the FCRA’s Section 609.

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2019 NY Paid Family Leave Employee Contribution and Benefit Levels Announced

Just in time for the holiday weekend, the New York State Department of Financial Services released the updated 2019 Paid Family Leave (PFL) premium rates.

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