On November 26, 2013, the Assembly introduced a bill (A4498) to prohibit confidentiality in any agreement to settle a claim or action in which a public entity or public employee (in his or her capacity as a public employee) is a named party, including employment-related claims. The bill contains very limited exceptions (e.g., matters involving national security, when disclosure would reveal the identity of victims of sex crimes or the abuse of children who were under the age of 18 at the time of the offense, etc.). The legislation has been referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Shock and awe! When Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on January 29, 2009, during the first week of the 111th Congress (without any committee action, little floor debate, and no amendments), and President Barack Obama quickly signed the bill into law (P.L. 111-2), it became shockingly clear to the business community how fast “change” could come to workplace law.
New York employers are reminded that the New York WARN Act, which is far broader in scope than the federal WARN Act, went into effect on February 1, 2009. For a detailed summary of the differences between the federal WARN Act and the New York WARN Act, click here for our prior eAuthority discussion concerning the New York state law.
On July 24, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued updated guidance for international students pursing education programs in the United States. The follow-up guidance states that active students in F-1 and M-1 status, as well as schools certified by SEVP, should abide by SEVP guidance originally issued in March 2020, enabling schools and students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits during the COVID-19 public health emergency.