Big Apple Cuts Regulations

For the first time in memory, the regulatory pendulum in New York City swung in the opposite direction last week when Mayor Eric Adams cut the regulatory burden for restaurants. Through a mix of executive orders, regulatory changes, penalty reductions and introducing cure periods, NYC businesses will enjoy a (relatively) more business-friendly relationship with City…

Read More »

NYC Postpones Pay Transparency

The New York City Council overwhelmingly voted last week to delay the effective date of its new pay transparency law by five months. Originally scheduled to become effective one week from Sunday, on May 15, the law will not now take effect until November 1. The ordinance requires employers with 4 or more employees to…

Read More »

Salary Range Requirements

It seems that imposing salary range disclosure requirements on the employer community is the new minimum wage fight for this year. New York City was one of the first to lead that parade and the New York City Human Rights Commission, which will enforce the requirement, has finally released its guidance on the mandate. Any…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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…

Read More »