New York is known for many things, but it seems to be the center of where bills regarding employment are developed, for better or for worse. Here are a few bills that have been introduced in the past few months, in and out of New York.
1. An employer may not contact/email their employee outside of work hours. We've heard a couple variations of this, with one being any contact and another being only through email. If it's just through email, there should not be an issue; don't check your email if you don't want to communicate with your boss. If it's any contact, that is where an issue arises. Employers need to be able to reach their employees when needed -- not wanted, but needed. The idea is to help the work/life balance.
2. As we discussed (and trended on Linkedin twice) before, New York is one of the states banning discussion of salary. Some places are banning only asking about prior salary, but some places are banning any talk of it. The idea is to reduce the pay wage gap.
3. Weight should be protected from discrimination. The proposed bill included not only employment, but also seating situations, such as restaurants. Currently, this is not protected by federal law.
4. This one is not in New York, but there is a bill banning the requirement of women wearing high heels. Yes, there are actually places that do this.
5. Criminal records. A bill was passed that bans potential employers from asking about any criminal history until after an employment decision has been made.
6. As marijuana becomes legal, more employers are internally banning drugs tests.
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