NYC Council Hears “Fair Workweek” Legislation

Last week, the New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor held a public hearing on a package of bills geared toward restricting the flexibility that employers have in dealing with their own employees. The council is entertaining a “Fair Workweek” package of 6 bills, which include a ban on “clopenings” (an employee…

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Miscellaneous

Impressive numbers for Dunkin’ coming out of the Big Apple this past week when the Center for an Urban Future released its annual State of the Chains Report showing a total of 596 Dunkin’ Donut shops operating in the five boroughs of New York City.  It was pointed out that number was more than the…

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NYC Bans Salary History Question

Just before the election, as the country was focused on who would become our 45th President of the United States, New York City Mayor bill de Blasio was signing an executive order banning municipal agencies from asking job applicants for their salary histories.  Executive Order 21 prohibits agencies from inquiring about an applicant’s salary history…

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NYC Looks to Expand Paid Sick Leave

As it currently exists, the paid sick leave law in New York City provides that workers may use accrued sick leave if they themselves are sick, or to receive medical care or diagnosis for an injury, illness or condition.  In addition, it may also be taken if the employee is providing care for a family…

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Tax Happy on a Global Level

As if it’s not enough of a burden to fight local, state & federal government efforts to endlessly increase taxes on consumers across the country, now the international community is putting in its two cents!  Recall that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg got the ball rolling with his 2012 proposal to ban outright…

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de Blasio Pushes Scheduling, DC Council Tables It

We could say it is a tale of two cities, but we won’t.  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing hard in the Big Apple to mandate so-called secured scheduling, almost identical to the edict recently enacted in Seattle.  But, de Blasio is specifically looking to target the fast food industry with his mandate. …

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DeBlasio Labor Peace Dictate In Effect

Although at first blush, it seems to go just toward city-assisted developers, but the depth and breadth of the Labor Peace Executive Order issued by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s could be far more reaching.  The order, which was signed a couple of weeks ago and took effect immediately, requires that certain developers – limited…

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Sugary Drink Phobia Spreads

First it was Michael Bloomberg and his fixation with banning retail stores from selling oversized sugary drinks in a single cup (customers would have been allowed to buy multiple small drinks, but apparently that’s another matter); then (where else?) the City of Berkeley, California became the first in the nation to assess an additional tax…

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NYC Taxes Shopping Bags, Senate Says No

Just three weeks ago, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill assessing a $.05 fee on all shopping bags, whether paper or plastic, an ordinance that the new York Council passed early in May.  The ordinance, which interestingly exempts, among others, bags at state-regulated liquor stores as well as individuals buying groceries…

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New York City Expands Pregnancy Accommodations

Speaking of ADA and accommodations necessary to avoid discrimination, the law may have passed three years ago, but the New York City Human Rights Commission just recently issued an enforcement guidance on the New York City Pregnancy Workplace Fairness Act that provides the criteria to be considered in the context of trying to make a…

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