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HTMLSTEM OPT 7-Month Extension Application Deadline Coming Up on Monday, August 8
Maria Fernanda Gandarez, Caroline Tang; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 11, 2016, previously published on August 2, 2016
On March 11, 2016, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule pertaining to optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). This rule permits employers to retain, for a longer period, the talents...

 

HTMLMind the (Pay) Gap: Investor Requests for Reports on Gender Pay Disparities Are on the Rise
Carole Sobin; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 9, 2016, previously published on June 2, 2016
According to media reports, this year several high-profile companies, including Apple, Facebook, and Intel, have received or responded to proposals from investors requesting shareholder votes on the issue of whether the companies should be required to prepare reports addressing their policies and...

 

HTMLNYC Issues Guidance on Protections for Pregnant Employees
Melissa Jill Osipoff; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 30, 2016, previously published on May 18, 2016
On May 6, 2016, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued guidance that defines what constitutes pregnancy discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), and provides clear examples of when and how employers should make accommodations for employees based on pregnancy,...

 

HTMLNew York Budget Deal Will Bring $15 Minimum Wage and Broad Paid Leave Legislation
Aaron Warshaw, Nicole A. Welch; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 18, 2016
On April 4, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to phase in an increased minimum wage and guarantee paid family leave to all eligible employees throughout New York State. The legislation was part of the 2016-2017 Executive Budget and represents a significant shift in New...

 

HTMLTime Flies When You’re Having Fun: NLRB Further Reduces Time Employers Have to Educate Employees During Union Campaigns
Seth D. Kaufman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2016, previously published on February 10, 2016
On January 29, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision in Guardsmark, LLC, 363 NLRB No. 103 (Jan. 29, 2016) moving the deadline for employers to hold captive audience meetings in mail ballot elections to 24 hours before the regional office mails the ballots. In so doing,...

 

HTMLNYC Cares for Caregivers: New Bill Awaiting Mayor’s Signature Would Make Caregivers a Protected Class
Sonu Ray; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 18, 2016, previously published on December 30, 2015
On December 16, 2015, the New York City Council passed a bill prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees based on their actual or perceived status as a caregiver. The new law would establish caregiver status as a new protected class under the New York City Human Rights Law, and...

 

HTMLMinimum Wage Changes to New York’s Fast Food Industry: New Hospitality Wage Order & FAQs
Seth D. Kaufman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 11, 2016, previously published on December 30, 2015
As we previously discussed in May and July of this year, wage and hour requirements for the fast food industry in New York State are changing starting in the new year. These changes, which go into effect on December 31, 2015, result from recommendations made by the Fast Food Wage Board, which...

 

HTMLEverything You Need to Know About New York's New FCA Guidance
Gustavo A. Suárez, Aaron Warshaw, Stephen R. Woods; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2015, previously published on November 13, 2015
As we previously reported, New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA) went into effect on October 27, 2015. On November 5, 2015, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR or Commission) issued long-anticipated guidance on the FCA. Although the Commission’s website indicates that...

 

HTMLNew York’s Wage Deduction Law in Effect for Three More Years
Brian Jeffrey Gershengorn, Sonu Ray; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 13, 2015, previously published on November 5, 2015
On October 26, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed State Assembly bill A07594, extending the expiration period of 2012 amendments to New York Labor Law §193, which had permitted employers to make deductions from employee wages in circumstances otherwise deemed impermissible by the New...

 

HTMLNew York State Department of Labor Publishes Revised Proposed Regulations Governing Use of Payroll Debit Cards
Stephanie L. Aranyos, A. Sonu Ray; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 2, 2015, previously published on October 28, 2015
On October 28, 2015, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) published revised proposed regulations modifying its draft regulations (which were initially published on May 27, 2015) governing permissible methods of wage payment, including the use of payroll debit cards (also referred to as...

 


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