New York Labor Law 2019: October

New York Labor Law had two updates to legislation this month. These include the expansion of the Human Rights Law Coverage and New Human Rights Guidance to the NYCHRL. 

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New York Employment Law Updates

New York Labor Law Update 1:

NYC Human Rights Law Coverage Expanded

This legislation further defines coverage specifications.

On October 13, 2019, the New York City Council enacted legislation Int. No. 136-A to amend the city’s Human Rights Law to clarify the following:

  • Covered employers do not include those with fewer than four employees at all times during the period beginning twelve months before the start of an unlawful discriminatory practice and continuing through the end of it. Additionally, an employer’s parent, spouse, domestic partner or child working for are included in determining employee count only, not for legal governance.
  • Covered employees include all the following:
    • Independent contractors.
    • Interns and freelancers.

The law is effective January 11, 2020.



New York Labor Law Update 2:

New York City Commission Provides New Human Rights Guidance

New legal enforcement guidance on the Human Rights Law protecting against discrimination. 

In September 2019, the New York City Commission on Human Rights released new legal enforcement guidance on the New York City Human Rights Law’s (NYCHRL) protections against discrimination based on actual or perceived immigration status and actual or perceived national origin. The NYCHRL prohibits discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived alienage and citizenship status, and national origin, among other categories by most employers in New York City.



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