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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New York State Enacts Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws

As you are aware, New York State has enacted new legislation to address sexual harassment in the workplace.  Effective October 9, 2018, the State will require all employers to enact and distribute a written policy prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace.  Among other things, the written policy must:

  • State that sexual harassment is prohibited and provide examples of prohibited conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment.
  • Include information concerning the statutory provisions governing sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment, as well as a standard complaint form and complaint procedure.
  • Inform employees of their rights of redress and all available forums for adjudicating sexual harassment complaints administratively and judicially.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

NYC Employers, Have You Reviewed Your Application?

New York City has imposed additional restrictions on the information employers can ask on employment applications.  As of October 31, 2017, the New York City Human Rights Law will prohibit all NYC employers from inquiring into and/or relying upon the salary history of an applicant during the hiring process (with some limited exceptions).  This restriction includes questions on employment applications and during the interview process.  Therefore, before October 31st, NYC employers should review their employment applications to remove any questions regarding salary history.  In addition, all interviewers should refrain from asking questions about salary history.
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Do You Have the New I-9 Form?

Beginning on September 18, 2017, employers must begin using the newly issued I-9 form (issued on 7/17/17).  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made the following changes to this version of the I-9 form:

  • Added the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) as an acceptable List C document;
  • Combines the various certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350 and Form FS-240) into selection C#2 of List C; and
  • Re-numbered all List C documents except the Social Security card.

As always, it is very important that all original I-9 forms be retained for three years after the date of hire, or one year after the date employment ends, whichever is later.

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