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New Changes to New York State and New York City Labor...

New York employers in the hospitality industry are no strangers to the constant proliferation of labor laws they must keep up with in order to avoid substantial penalties and expensive lawsuits. Now, just as the hustle to comply with COVID-related labor laws calms down, employers should be aware...

Website Accessibility Claims Still Accessible for Disabled Plaintiffs

With the new year officially underway, hospitality employers should be aware that website accessibility lawsuits still loom large. The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) prohibits discrimination against disabled members of the public in the “full and equal enjoyment” of the goods and services...

Survey: Surge of Omicron Variant Hit Restaurants Hard; Replenishing RRF and...

New York’s restaurant industry continues to exhaust every resource as business conditions rapidly deteriorate with the Omicron variant surging. A recent survey released by the New York State Restaurant Association found that 93% of restaurants have experienced a decline in...

A Refresher on NY Quarantine Leave, NYC Sick Leave and NY...

As Omicron continues to spread and businesses are increasingly faced with employees testing positive for COVID-19, employers must be mindful of their obligations under the NY Quarantine Leave Law, NYC paid sick leave law and NY vaccination pay law. A refresher on these requirements follows.

Navigating The U.S. D.O.L.’s New 80/20/30 Rule

The United States Department of Labor (U.S. D.O.L.) has issued new regulations regarding what was previously known as the “80/20 Rule” and is now known as the “80/20/30 Rule.”  As explained below, NY employers can largely ignore the rule with regard to pay for straight time hours but must follow it with regard to overtime pay.

New Biometric Privacy Laws in NYC to Impact All Commercial Establishments

On July 9, 2021, New York City implemented new laws applying to the collection and use of biometric data. As millions of now vaccinated individuals flock back to the city’s bars, restaurants and theaters, certain technologies used by these venues are now under new scrutiny and regulation...

Proof Of Vaccination Required For NYC Indoor Dining Beginning September 2021

In an effort to encourage New Yorkers to get vaccinated, New York City has launched the Key to NYC program which requires certain individuals to be vaccinated in order to participate in indoor dining, fitness, recreation and entertainment. Indoor dining includes spaces that have...

New Law Requires NYC Employers to Offer IRAs to Employees

New York City recently passed legislation that will require all employers with five or more employees to participate in a City-sponsored retirement program (the “NYC Program”), unless the employer already offers a retirement plan to its employees (for example, a 401(k) or SIMPLE IRA plan)...