On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed several pieces of legislation that bolster New York’s growing workplace protections.

These laws will be implemented over the course of the next year. They will:

• Increase protections for employees who are members of protected classes as well as for those who have been sexually harassed;

• Prohibit nondisclosure

Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP will hold a training session for supervisors on Thursday, September 12th on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. The program will be presented from our Waterbury office, but individuals may also participate by video conference in our New Haven and Stamford offices. Registration starts at 8:15 a.m.

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) announced that it had proposed three rules aimed at protecting employee free choice on questions concerning representation. These rules address the NLRB’s blocking charge policy, voluntary recognition, and collective bargaining in the construction industry.

  • Blocking Charge Policy. Generally, the Board suspends the processing of an election

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has announced proposed changes to the information forms used by employers in the administration of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Qualification for FMLA leave requires disclosure of information to employers and employees about their FMLA rights and it also requires collection of information to

On August 1, 2019, the United States Senate voted to confirm Attorney Sharon Gustafson as the General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and Obama-era appointee Charlotte Burrows to another four-year term on the Commission.  General Counsel Gustafson was sworn into her position today (August 8, 2019).

EEOC Confirms New General Counsel

The

A year ago, the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex ruling complicated the classification of workers as independent contractors. Employers are still trying to determine how the decision affects them, especially as the decision did not address whether it applied retroactively.

In April 2018, the California Supreme Court ordered courts to apply the strict “ABC test” to

Last month, Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Public Act 19-16 (and certain amendments to that Act contained in Public Act 19-93), widely referred to as the “Time’s Up Act.” The Act (and subsequent amendments) makes substantial changes to Connecticut’s harassment and discrimination laws, which will mostly take effect on October 1, 2019.

Changes To

At the close of its 2019 session, the New York General Assembly passed substantial changes to the state’s anti-harassment and discrimination laws, which Governor Andrew Cuomo has indicated that he will sign into law.  The new law applies to all protected classes under NY law.

The changes to the New York anti-harassment and discrimination laws

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously this week that in certain cases federal courts may hear discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act even if the claims were not brought first to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or a state administrative agency.

Added Allegations

Employees still generally must bring Title VII discrimination