On October 2, 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law a measure that will require New York City employers to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee’s pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Employers with at least four employees are subject to the New York City law. Examples of reasonable accommodations include, among other things: Bathroom breaks Leave for a period of disability arising from childbirth Breaks to facilitate water intake Periodic
Starting in 2014, more than one million New York employees will be granted the opportunity to take paid sick days off work without worrying about retaliation from their employers. Under the new legislation, businesses with 20 or more employees in New York City will have to provide their employees with five paid sick days starting April 1, 2014. In 2015, business with 15 or more employees will have to follow suit. The bill exempts manufacturing jobs, seasonal and work study em
In effect, “unemployment” status joins a growing list of protected categories in NYC which includes discrimination based on an employee’s actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, disability, age, partnership status, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status and status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses and stalking. The amendment prohibits an employer from making any employment decision based on a job applicant’s unemployment status.