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2023 International Day of Education

| Lisa Coppola |
Today marks the fifth official observance of the International Day of Education. The theme for this year is “to invest in people, prioritize education.” On this day it’s important to remember the role of education in…

HR Alert: NY Pay Transparency Effective September 2023

Recently, Governor Hochul signed into law the pay transparency bill, now known as Labor Law § 194-b, which takes effect on September 17, 2023. To whom does this law apply?  The law applies to any person or company that emp…

HR Alert: Don’t Retaliate for Lawful Absences

In November 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law which amends New York Labor Law section 215. The new law goes into effect on February 18, 2023. The amendment provides that employers may not punish o…

HR Alert: COVID-19 Disability Info

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 technical assistance today. It added information to clarify when COVID-19 may be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Ac…

HR Alert: Effect In The Workplace Of The Speak Out Act

As of November 16, 2022, both the House and the Senate have passed the Speak Out Act (“the Act”). This legislation now awaits President Biden’s signature. The White House has expressed its support of the Act, and we’…

Is a Mascot Change Coming to a School District Near You? NY SED Issues Ruling on the Use of Native American Mascots.

| Lisa Coppola | ,
The New York State Education Department (SED) is requiring schools with Native American mascots to replace their mascots, team names, and logos by the end of the 2022-2023 school year. The ruling from SED was sent to all N…

HR Alert: Election Day is Coming!

As the 2022 elections on November 8th approach, it’s time for employers to brush up on New York’s laws regarding voting and paid time off to vote. Although there isn’t a federal law ensuring paid time off for employee voti…

HR Alert: Microagressions… They’re Not So Micro!

“That’s so gay.” “So, who wears the pants?” “I should just be a lesbian… that would make things easier.” “I’ve always wanted a gay best friend!” These are just a few of the microaggressions that members of the LGBTQ+ commu…

HR Alert: How Can You Promote LGBTQ+ Inclusion at Work?

We preach diversity, equity, and inclusion. But how do we truly turn these words into action? It’s essential to practice what we preach for all diverse communities, including the LGBTQ+ community. Inclusion can be de…

HR Alert: New Law Expanding Employee Protection from Retaliation Takes Effect Today

Labor Law § 740, commonly referred to as New York’s Whistleblower Law, historically has provided protection to employees who report their employer’s unsafe practices. Generally, employers are prohibited from ta…
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