On July 9, the New York Department of Labor reissued emergency regulations (first adopted on April 28, 2010) which extend the effective date of the emergency regulations to October 6, 2010. As we previously reported in the May 2010 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, these new regulations: 1) clarify circumstances under which various types of emergencies will allow health care employers to use mandatory overtime to cover nurse staffing needs; (2) set forth the minimum elements to be addressed in the required Nurse Coverage Plan; and (3) require that the Plan be posted and made available to the Commissioner, nursing staff and their employee representatives.
The Minnesota Legislature is in session through May 20, 2019. This session promises to be very active with numerous bills affecting employers and the workplace. Major bills include paid leaves of absence (including family and sick leave), restrictions on an employer’s ability to access social media accounts, right-to-work legislation, vaccination exemptions, wage theft, and the legal standard for sexual harassment, and making available to a complaining party more information regarding the employer’s investigation and corrective action.
As we covered in a recent blog post on the living wage requirements for city contractors, on September 30, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order that: (1) raises New York City’s “living wage” (i.e., minimum wage) for commercial entities—including tenants, subtenants, and contractors—that receive at least $1 million in government subsidies; and (2) increases the total number of employers covered by New York City’s Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act.
On December 22, 2020, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell signed into law the CROWN Act (Calendar No. 33,184). The new law prohibits employment discrimination in the City of New Orleans based on hairstyles. The law is modeled after federal legislation introduced in January 2020—the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act (CROWN Act)—designed to correct racial and cultural inequities by making hair discrimination illegal in the United States.