Can we let an employee change their benefits outside the 30 day window?

An employee experienced a qualifying life change but did not notify us until the day after the required 30-day notification period had passed. Can we still allow this employee to make a change to their benefit elections based on the qualifying event? There would be significant risk in allowing this employee to make a change… Continue reading Can we let an employee change their benefits outside the 30 day window?

DON’T FORGET: New York Sexual Harassment Training Due Oct. 9th

Both NY State and NY City have announced regulations prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace. Each require a policy and annual training. NY State’s first sexual harassment training deadline for employees and supervisors is October 9, 2019. Therefore, NY employers should complete training before this date to remain in compliance with both city and state… Continue reading DON’T FORGET: New York Sexual Harassment Training Due Oct. 9th

NYS Expands Anti-discrimination Legislation

New York continues to expand the legislation related to anti-discrimination. Increased Protections Related to Sexual Harassment Policy and Training: Effective August 12, 2019 every applicable NY employer must provide employees with the employer’s written sexual harassment prevention policy upon hire and at every annual sexual harassment training. The policy must be provided in English and… Continue reading NYS Expands Anti-discrimination Legislation

NYS Bans Discrimination Against Natural Hair

On July 12, Governor Cuomo signed a bill amending the New York Human Rights Law that takes effective immediately. Similar to the recent NY City and California laws, the amendment prohibits employment discrimination based on “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.” Protective hairstyles includes, but is… Continue reading NYS Bans Discrimination Against Natural Hair