NYC Employment Law Blog

African American woman working in a business that follows the CROWN Act.

New Jersey’s CROWN Act Bans Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

On December 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation amending the state’s Law Against Discrimination to include hairstyle discrimination as a form of prohibited race-based discrimination. The Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act (“CROWN Act”) became effective immediately, making New Jersey the third state, along with New York and […]


An undocumented worker working in a warehouse.

Wage Protections for Undocumented Workers

Undocumented workers in New York face unique workplace challenges that documented laborers do not experience, not the least of which is being taken advantage of by employers that fail to pay the minimum wage or overtime pay. Nonetheless, undocumented workers are entitled to the same legal protections as documented individuals under state and federal labor […]


Interviewer asking job applicant about their salary history.

Ban on Salary History Inquiries Now in Effect in NY and NJ

An amendment to the New York Labor Law went into effect on January 6, 2020, prohibiting private and public employers in the state from relying on or inquiring about salary history in employment and compensation decisions. A similar ban became effective in New Jersey as of January 1, 2020. The best way for employees and […]


Two women in a joint employer business.

Labor Department Issues Final “Joint Employer” Rule

On January 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its final “joint-employer” rule that replaces an Obama Administration policy that potentially would have made more businesses liable for wage violations engaged in by franchisees and contractors. The new rule, which becomes effective March 16, provides a four-part test for determining whether a company is […]


Woman working overtime in her office.

New Overtime Rule Goes into Effect January 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime rule becomes effective January 1, 2020. The best way for employees and employers to understand their rights and responsibilities under the new rule, respectively, is to consult an experienced employment lawyer. What’s in the DOL’s new overtime rule? In short, the rule increases the salary thresholds for […]


Man signing a mandatory arbitration agreement for employment.

EEOC Rescinds Mandatory Arbitration Policy

For 22 years, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has maintained a policy statement objecting to the use of mandatory arbitration agreements for employment discrimination claims. In December 2019, the agency rescinded its long-standing policy statement in a 2-1 decision. In light of this development, the best way for employees to protect their rights against […]


Two women at work discussing the new law on discrimination and reproductive health.

New York Bars Discrimination Based on “Reproductive Health Decision Making”

Employment discrimination based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected characteristics is prohibited by the New York State Human Rights Law — the state’s primary employment discrimination law. Workplace discrimination is also barred by the New York Labor Law, however, which has recently been amended to include discrimination on the […]


Man with an African American hairstyle attending a business meeting.

What You Need to Know About Hairstyle Discrimination in the Workplace

Earlier in 2019, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued guidance to the effect that prohibiting or restricting a natural African-American hairstyle in the workplace is a form of unlawful racial discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). If your employer has a grooming policy that treats you less favorably […]


Lipsky Lowe LLP gives an overview of the worker adjustment and retraining notification act.

What Is the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act?

Even with the continued economic expansion and the nation’s unemployment rate at historic lows, it is still common for large corporations to layoff thousands of employees at a time. Losing a job is one of the top ten most stressful experiences for individuals, resulting in financial hardships that can affect the entire family.  More than […]


Lipsky Lowe discusses the recent expansions of workplace discrimination and harassment protections in New York.

Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Protections Expanded in New York

In August 2019, Governor Cuomo signed legislation amending the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) that essentially strengthens worker protections against discrimination and harassment. Some of the new legal requirements are already in effect and more are on tap for the coming year. The following is a brief discussion of the new workplace discrimination […]


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