Legislation

Recently, New York’s legislature amended New York’s notoriously narrow “whistleblower law,” N.Y. Labor Law 740. Governor Hochul signed the new law on October 28, 2021. There are a number of changes to the statute, which include, but are not limited to: Broadening the definition of “employee” to include “former employees, or natural persons employed as…

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Today, August 20, 2021, New York’s Governor signed a new law, S858, which closes a loophole in New York’s Labor Law relating to wage theft. Specifically, the law amends New York Labor Law sections 193 and 198. Previously, the law prevented certain “deductions.” However, there was ambiguity as to whether a complete failure to pay…

Read More NY Governor Signs Bill Closing “Wage Theft” Loophole
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New York Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation, S.7196/A.6762-B, which arms the public with a new remedy for gun-related harm. (Additional legislation, S.5000-B/A.6198-B) prohibits the sale of firearms to anyone with an outstanding warrant for a felony or serious offense.) Specifically, the law amends New York’s General Business Law by adding a new Article 39-DDDD (comprising…

Read More New York Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Holding Gun Manufacturers Accountable
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On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Specifically, the Act amends Section 6103(a) of Title 5 of the United States Code, by inserting after the item relating to Memorial Day the following: “Juneteenth National Independence Day, June 19.” Celebrated by African Americans yearly since the Civil War…

Read More Juneteenth Is Now a Federal Holiday
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New York’s general “whistleblower” statute – New York Labor Law 740 – is, in its current form – extremely narrow. However, recent amendments to the statute have passed the Assembly and Senate to broaden its terms. The proposed amendments include (THESE WORDS added; [bracketed words] deleted): 2. Prohibitions. An employer shall not take any retaliatory…

Read More Proposed Amendments to New York’s Whistleblower Law Pass Senate and Assembly
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A recent New York law, titled the No Wage Theft Loophole Act (A1893/S858), recently passed the Senate and Assembly (and, as of this writing, June 2, 2021, is awaiting signature by the Governor). Its stated purpose is “[t]o clarify that Article 6 of New York’s Labor Law completely and without exception prohibits lack of distribution of…

Read More “No Wage Theft Loophole Act” Amends New York Labor Law
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Recent legislation, enacted by the New York City Council, provides what appear to be substantial protections to fast food workers by, e.g., requiring that termination of their employment be for “just cause.” The legislation amends Chapter 12 of Title 20 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York by adding a new subchapter…

Read More NYC Council Enacts Legislation to Provide “Just Cause” Termination Protection to Fast Food Employees
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On March 20, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.8, titled “Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency.” This Order affects various New York laws, including the Civil Practice Law and Rules, the Vehicle and Traffic Law, and the Business Corporation Law. It imposes the following changes to various…

Read More NYS Executive Order 202.8 Extends Statutes of Limitation Etc.
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