New York Employment Law Updates

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October 2016

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September 2016

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August 2016

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July 2016

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June 2016

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May 2016

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April 2016

April 4 – Gov. Cuomo signed a law providing employees in the state with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave per year

On April 4, 2016 – Gov. Cuomo signed a law providing eligible employees in the state paid family leave each year. The paid leave program will be funded by through payroll deductions from employees and will not directly require contributions from business. Employees will first be eligible for paid family leave on January 1, 2018 and can receive up to 50% of their average weekly wages when on approved leave for up to 8 weeks. Beginning on January 1, 2019, employees will be able to receive up to 55% for up to 10 weeks and, on January 1, 2020, benefits will increase to up to 60% for 10 weeks. When fully implemented on January 1, 2021, employees will be able to receive up to 67% of the statewide average weekly wage for up to 12 weeks. Other requirements and restrictions apply.

For more information, read Gov. Cuomo Minimum Wage Press Release and Senate Bill 06406, Part SS

April 4 – Gov. Cuomo signed a law increasing New York’s minimum wage

On April 4, 2016 – Gov. Cuomo signed a law increasing New York’s minimum wage over the next several years until it reaches $15 per hour. The new law provides for different gradual increases for companies in different parts of the state. The increase schedules are as follows:

New York City – Large Employers

  • December 31, 2016 – $11.00
  • December 31, 2017 – $13.00
  • December 31, 2018 – $15.00

New York City – Small Employers

  • December 31, 2016 – $10.50
  • December 31, 2017 – $12.00
  • December 31, 2018 – $13.50
  • December 31, 2019 – $15.00

Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties

  • December 31, 2016 – $10.00
  • December 31, 2017 – $11.00
  • December 31, 2018 – $12.00
  • December 31, 2019 – $13.00
  • December 31, 2020 – $14.00
  • December 31, 2021 – $15.00

All other employers

  • December 31, 2016 – $9.70
  • December 31, 2017 – $10.40
  • December 31, 2018 – $11.10
  • December 31, 2019 – $11.80
  • December 31, 2020 – $12.50
  • In subsequent years, the Commissioner of Labor will set additional minimum wage increases based on several economic factors

Other requirements and restrictions apply.

For more information, read Gov. Cuomo Minimum Wage Press Release and Senate Bill 06406, Part K

March 2016

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February 2016

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January 2016

January 5 – Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation expanding New York City’s Human Rights Law to cover with certain caregiver and familial responsibilities

On January 5, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law expanding New York City’s Human Rights Act to cover certain employees who have caregiver and familial responsibilities. Employees who qualify for caregiver status include a person who provides direct and ongoing care for a minor child or a care recipient.

The effective date of this expansion is May 4, 2016.

For more information, read New York City Council File # Int. 0108-2014 and New York City Council