July 22, 2019

As expected earlier this year, when Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, on Thursday the House voted to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 an hour for a decade. Predictably, the measure passed along party lines, 231-199, with only three Republicans voting in favor, a...

August 29, 2018

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”) recently published a notice to employees, which virtually all New York City employers must post in their workplaces on or before September 6, 2018.

The notice is one of several provisions of the Stop Sexual Harassment Act that was signed into law on May 9, 2018 and is aimed at preventing sexual harassment in the...

October 20, 2017

As previously advised, starting October 31, 2017, employers in New York City are prohibited from asking a job applicant’s salary history during the hiring process. The new law makes it an “unlawful discriminatory practice” to inquire about or rely upon an individual’s salary history, unless the applicant offers the information voluntarily.   Here is a list of things every e...

May 15, 2017

As previously reported on February 6, 2017, New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act – aimed to protect freelance workers against wage theft – is now effective. New York City employers retaining the services of freelance workers must comply with the following: Written Contract: Any services valued at $800 or more must be reduced to writing and include, at least, the follo...



Empire State Pride: Governor Cuomo Creates New Class of Protected Citizens Using New York State Regulatory Process


On October 22, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his plan to use New York State’s regulatory process to create a new state-wide protected class of citizens. This proposed state regulation – the first in the Nation to create a protected...

From MCB's Employment & Labor Practice Group


On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, New York City Mayor, Bill De Blasio, signed into law a bill (261-A) that prohibits employers from using credit checks on most job applicants, citing the practice’s  tendency to have a disproportionate impact on minorities and low-income individuals. MCB previously described the new legislation in an Emp...

April 28, 2015

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council, by a 47- 3 vote, passed a bill that will make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer, except in limited circumstances, to use an individual’s consumer credit history in making employment decisions.


According to Bill 261-A, also referred to as the “Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act”, employers, labor or...

April 28, 2015

On April 20, 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation (Bill 690-A) establishing “an employment discrimination testing program.” The law involves the use of two individual testers, with similar qualifications, but from different protected categories, who will test for discrimination by applying for the same job with the same employer.


The City Commission on Human Rights...

March 11, 2015

Click here to read the an MCB Employment Update "Department of Labor Final Rule Expands the Definition of Spouse Under the Family and Medical Leave Act to Include Same-Sex Spouses" by Greg Reilly, Adam Guttell and Aisling McAllister. 



March 4, 2015

MCB's Head of Employment & Labor Practice Group, Greg Reilly provides an update on the state minimum wage for all tipped workers in the hospitality industry. To read the full article, click here.




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