Council Approves Non-Citizens Voters

Last week, New York City joined a handful of much smaller towns and cities in granting the right to vote in local municipal elections to non-US citizens. By a vote of 33-14, the New York City Council passed the Our City Our Vote Act into law, granting the right to vote to green card holders…

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New York Mandates Retirement Plans

New York Governor Kathy Hochul last week signed AO3213A into law thereby mandating that private employers with 10 or more employees who do not provide a retirement savings plan must automatically enroll their workers in the New York State Secure Choice Savings Plan. The Secure Choice Savings Plan was first filed in 2015 and ultimately…

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More About Third-Party Delivery

It seems as though of late reporting on some issue relating third-party delivery firms and municipalities taking action against them is becoming a weekly feature! About a month ago, we advised that New York City joined San Francisco in capping delivery fees; then the City of San Diego was mandating an itemized breakdown of fees…

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New York City Enforces Vaccine Passports

Earlier this week, the New York City requirement that diners must show at least proof of at least one shot of the COVID vaccine began being enforced. Notwithstanding that a lawsuit filed by a number of Big Apple restaurants last month is still pending in the courts, the city began enforcement of the Mayor’s proof…

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DoorDash Sues NYC Again

We advised a couple of weeks ago that the NYC City Council had adopted a 15% cap on third-party delivery fees, and shortly after the ink on that ordinance dried, DoorDash and other third-party delivery firms challenged the ordinance in court. While that challenge is pending, DoorDash also filed a separate suit this week, challenging…

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New York City Caps Delivery Fees

New York City didn’t file any lawsuits, but last week the City Council formally adopted a cap of 15% on third party delivery fees and sent the legislation to Mayor Bill de Blasio for his signature. The law, if signed by de Blasio as expected, will make permanent the 15% cap imposed last year on…

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New York City, Frisco Require Vaccine for Indoor Dining

The Big Apple and San Francisco are leading the charge to require vaccine “passports” in order to dine indoor at restaurants within the two cities. The New York dictate actually became effective this past Monday, August 16 however, formal enforcement is not set to begin until September 13. In response to the Executive Order by…

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Fair Chance Laws and Criminal Background Checks

New York City and the state of Maine aren’t usually packaged together relating political issues, but they are both tightening up employer options regarding criminal background checks. New York City of course, already restricted an employer’s ability to inquire into an applicant’s criminal history, but back in January, passed additional amendments that just took effect…

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NYC Just Cause Termination

It seems a bit ironic that it will officially take effect on Independence Day, but New York City’s new ‘just cause termination law’ will require a fast-food employer to prove a valid or just cause reason before terminating an at-will employee effective July 4, 2021. The law provides that once an employee has survived a…

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New York City Keeps Piling On

Apparently incapable of recognizing the unprecedented difficulties that fast food franchisees are facing throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic, New York City seems intent on adding misery to misery. Just before the Christmas holiday, the New York City Council passed a pair of bills targeting franchised fast food chains. The first – and perhaps…

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