The Proskauer Brief: Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law
Episode 26: Medical Marijuana and the potential NYC new law

Episode 26: Medical Marijuana and the potential NYC new law

May 6, 2019

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, partners Harris Mufson and Evandro Gigante discuss recently passed legislation by the New York City Council, which would prohibit some employers in NYC from requiring job applicants to submit to drug tests for marijuana use.  Specifically, the bill would amend the City’s Fair Chance Act to make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer, including an employment agency or their agents, to require that a prospective employee or an applicant submit to drug testing regarding the presence of marijuana as a condition of employment.  That bill, if signed by Mayor de Blasio, would take effect within one year after it becomes law.

Episode 25: The NYCCHR Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Appearance & Grooming Policies

Episode 25: The NYCCHR Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Appearance & Grooming Policies

March 27, 2019

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, partner Harris Mufson and associate Arielle Kobetz discuss the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) enforcement guidance on appearance and grooming policies that ban or restrict naturally curly hair, dreadlocks, braids, cornrows and other hairstyles. While the guidance, which was issued on February 19, 2019, specifically details protections for Black people – who, according to the NYCCHR, are frequent targets of race discrimination based on hair – it also cites as unlawful “any grooming or appearance policies that generally target communities of color, religious minorities, or other communities,” which are protected under applicable law. So be sure to tune in as employers in New York City should review their current grooming and/or appearance policies to ensure compliance with these new guidelines.

Episode 24: The Employment Law Landscape in 2019

Episode 24: The Employment Law Landscape in 2019

February 28, 2019

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, partner Evandro Gigante and associate Arielle Kobetz discuss the labor and employment landscape in 2019, including some significant laws set to go into effect this year, as well as other legislative developments. They will highlight cases pending before the Supreme Court and what we can expect from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Be sure to tune in for this 2019 preview.

Update: On February 25, 2019, after the recording of this episode, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Yovino v. Rizo due to the death of Judge Stephen Reinhardt, stating that the appeals court should not have counted the vote of the ruling’s author because he died before the decision was issued.

Episode 23: Can My Employees Participate in Political Activities?

Episode 23: Can My Employees Participate in Political Activities?

February 25, 2019

In this episode of the "Can My Employees Do That?" series, partner Elise Bloom and associate Michelle Gyves discuss whether employers can lawfully limit an employee’s participation in political activities, protests, and similar activities. We also discuss whether an employer can restrict an employee’s association with groups or publications on social media or elsewhere which espouse ideologies that are at odds with the employer's values. Lastly, we will cover to what extent an employer can limit political speech at work. So be sure to tune in for this very insightful episode. 

Episode 22: What Government Contractors Should Expect in 2019

Episode 22: What Government Contractors Should Expect in 2019

February 7, 2019

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, partners Harris Mufson and Guy Brenner discuss the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Harris and Guy highlight OFCCP’s recent activities and discuss what government contractors should expect in 2019, so be sure to tune in.

Episode 21: Can My Employees Bring Animals To Work?

Episode 21: Can My Employees Bring Animals To Work?

February 6, 2019

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, partners Harris Mufson and Howard Robbins continue their “Can My Employees Do That?” series. In this installment, Harris and Howard discuss the legal requirements regarding service animals in the workplace and provide practical advice for employers to address requests by employees to bring service animals to work. Please tune in to hear their insight regarding this challenging employment issue.

Episode 20: Looking Back: Highlights in Labor and Employment Law from 2018

Episode 20: Looking Back: Highlights in Labor and Employment Law from 2018

January 24, 2019

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, partner Steven Hurd and partner Adam Lupion discuss developments from some of the key cases in labor and employment law in 2018. We will discuss notable cases from the United States Supreme Court and the lower courts, as well as legislative and regulatory developments that affect the workplace. Be sure to tune in for this 2018 recap of some highlights in Labor and Employment Law.

Episode 19: Can My Employees Do That?

Episode 19: Can My Employees Do That?

January 3, 2019

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, partners Harris Mufson and Howard Robbins conduct the first part in a series of podcasts entitled, “Can My Employees Do That?” In this installment, Harris and Howard discuss workplace recordings and monitoring workplace emails. Please tune in to hear timely insight regarding these key employment issues. 

Episode 18: The Ultimate Holiday Present: Tips For A Liability-Free Office Party

Episode 18: The Ultimate Holiday Present: Tips For A Liability-Free Office Party

December 5, 2018

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, partner Harris Mufson and senior associate Danielle Moss offer tips to help employers be proactive and avoid liability at their holiday parties. While the holidays are supposed to be the happiest time of year, many employers experience anxiety around their holiday parties. From high-level tips to state law specific training suggestions, Harris and Danielle discuss some of the ways employers can throw safe and liability-free holiday parties. So listen in and unwrap this early holiday present to allay your concerns about this important and timely topic.

Episode 17: Recent Developments in Federal Overtime Rules

Episode 17: Recent Developments in Federal Overtime Rules

October 26, 2018

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, partner Harris Mufson and partner Allan Bloom discuss recent developments in federal overtime rules. The Trump administration recently released its fall 2018 regulatory agenda, with lots of information relating to the Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL appears to be committed to a more business-friendly regulatory framework which limits the burdens that regulations place on employers. Be sure to tune in to learn about proposed new overtime rules and their impact on employers and their employees.