Episode 7: Recent Amendments to the New York Earned Sick Time Act

December 14, 2017

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, partner Harris Mufson and associate Laura Fant discuss recent amendments to the New York Earned Sick Time Act, which provides for paid sick days for eligible employees working in New York City. We will discuss how the recent changes will now both expand the covered reasons for leave under the law, and also expand the family members that employees can take leave to care for. In addition, we will highlight several other cities and states outside of New York that have adopted or are in the process of adopting similar laws.

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Episode 6: The Challenges and Pitfalls Surrounding Requests for Multiple Medical Leaves of Absence

October 16, 2017

In this edition of The Proskauer Brief, partner Harris Mufson and associate Laura Fant discuss the challenges and pitfalls surrounding requests for multiple medical leaves of absence.  We will talk about the obligation of employers to provide reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws.  We will also discuss a recent decision from the Seventh Circuit holding that extended leaves of absence may not be required to be granted in all circumstances, and talk about how courts in other jurisdictions, as well as the EEOC, take a very different approach.  Managing employee leave is a challenge that many employers and HR professionals face every day, so be sure to tune in for an update on this timely and relevant topic.

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Episode 5: Employee Benefit Plan Related Issues in the Context of Disaster Recovery Situations (Part 2 of 2)

October 9, 2017

Unfortunately, disaster scenarios have become all too common and can cause significant disruption for employers, employees and their affected family members. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Paul Hamburger, co-chair of Proskauer’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, explores the unique issues that employers must consider when preparing their employee benefits disaster relief programs.

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Episode 4: Employee Benefit Plan Related Issues in the Context of Disaster Recovery Situations (Part 1 of 2)

September 25, 2017

Unfortunately, disaster scenarios have become all too common and can cause significant disruption for employers, employees and their affected family members. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Paul Hamburger, co-chair of Proskauer’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, explores the unique issues that employers must consider when preparing their employee benefits disaster relief programs.

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Episode 3: New York State’s Paid Family Leave Law

August 7, 2017

Many of our clients have been inquiring about this new law, set to go into effect in New York on January 1, 2018. The law will require employers to provide paid, job-protected leave to eligible employees caring for family members or for certain needs relating to a family member's military service. Harris Mufson and Laura Fant provide an overview of the law and give some tips on how to prepare for its implementation.

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Episode 2: Congressional legislation update and new developments on the federal overtime rule

July 21, 2017

Which federal bills will become law? Allan Bloom and Rachel Philion run through some of the key proposed congressional legislation in the pipeline and provide insight into the potential implications for employers if they pass. We also provide an update on developments from the U.S. Department of Labor on the next steps for the federal overtime rule under the new Administration.

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Episode 1: The impact New York City’s new salary history law will have on employers

May 18, 2017

In Episode 1, Harris Mufson and Laura Fant discuss the steps employers should be actively taking to prepare for October 31, 2017, when New York City's new salary history law will go into effect. This law will place significant restrictions on the ability of employers to inquire into or rely upon job applicants’ wage history during the hiring process. We tell you what you need to know about the new law and discuss the impact it will have on employers.

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