News and Articles

Legal Update - July 2018 Newsletter

Yogi Patel - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dear valued clients and supporters: This month's newsletter will focus on a series of new laws that are set to go into effect today (July 11, 2018) in New York state in response to the #MeToo movement.

As we previously covered in our prior newsletters, the New York State budget for 2019 included provisions aimed at curtailing sexual harassment in the workplace. Among them includes a law that goes into effect today which prohibits employers in New York state from including confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements for sexual harassment complaints, unless keeping the matter confidential is the complainant’s preference. The new law requires a consideration and revocation period, under which the complainant has 21 days to consider whether or not to accept the confidentiality language, and then has seven days to revoke his or her acceptance before the agreement becomes effective. If the complainant chooses to revoke his or her acceptance, the entire agreement is revoked. Employers are also advised that under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017), a new Section 162(q) to the Internal Revenue Code was added, which prohibits employers from deducting costs related to sexual harassment settlements that are subject to nondisclosure agreements.

Effective today as well, New York State law now also prohibits mandatory arbitration clauses from applying to claims or allegations of sexual harassment. This prohibition is effective for contracts entered into on or after July 11, 2018.

Readers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@lloydpatelllp) and Facebook to receive updates on these and other issues throughout the month.

 


Legal Update - May 2018 Newsletter

Yogi Patel - Thursday, May 10, 2018

Dear valued clients and supporters: This month's newsletter will cover 1) new requirements for New York State and City employers related to sexual harassment obligations; and 2) a potential payroll solution to the new federal cap on state and local tax deductions.

New York State Sexual Harassment Law Updates
As part of the 2019 New York State budget, which Governor Cuomo signed into law on April 12, 2019, new requirements and restrictions were implemented in order to further combat incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace. As an initial matter, by October 9, 2018, employers are now required to create a written sexual harassment policy and implement sexual harassment training for their employees. Additionally, effective July 11, 2018, the law will render void any agreement to arbitrate claims of sexual harassment, and confidentiality provisions in sexual harassment settlement agreements will face heightened scrutiny. Specifically, courts will only permit confidentiality provisions where i) it is the complainant's preference; 2) the complainant has been given at least 21 days to consider the agreement; and 3) the complainant is given 7 days to revoke consent to the agreement. Finally, the law extends the scope of sexual harassment protections to hold employers liable if they permit sexual harassment to non-employees.

New York City Sexual Harassment Law Updates
Simultaneously with the new state law requirements, New York City passed the "Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act," which also aims to make workplaces safer. Much like the new state provisions, the NYC law requires all employers to provide annual sexual harassment training for employees, though this is not effective until April 1, 2019. The law also expands the statute of limitations period for filing sexual harassment claims - now, complainants will have 3 years to file a complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights or to file a private lawsuit in court. In addition, the NYC law requires employers to maintain copies of their sexual harassment policies signed by employees for 3 years and to post educational posters in English and Spanish, which the City is required to create within 120 days of the passing of the law. Employers are encouraged to begin the process of coming into compliance with their new obligations accordingly.

Recent New York Payroll Law
As a work-around to the new federal cap of $10,000 on state and local tax deductions, New York legislatures have created a new optional payroll tax that would shift the state and local tax deductions from individuals who cannot fully take it to businesses that are able to do so. Under the new scheme, employers would be able to deduct the state taxes otherwise owed by an employee via the payroll tax and pay them on the employee's behalf. The result would be less pre-tax income for employees, but significantly greater post-tax income, as the new payroll deduction would be less than what certain employees would save when filing federal taxes. For now, however, many critics of the new law remain skeptical, as the administrative burdens involved may deter many businesses from implementing the new payroll scheme, and some believe that the IRS may challenge the law and invalidate it. Also, because employers would likely reduce an employee's salary to recover the cost of implementing the deduction, many are concerned about the complications this will create, from the potential impact on future social security benefits, to retirement matching plans, to how much an employee pays for healthcare. For now, while this new payroll tax appears to be an innovative work-around, the validity of this law remains to be tested and uncertainty looms around its implementation and consequences.

Readers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@lloydpatelllp) and Facebook to receive updates on these and other issues throughout the month.

 



Recent Posts


Tags

U.S. Department of Labor Executive Negotiation Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council Nobel Prize Household Employees Lactation Law Facebook Privacy and Litigation Employment Offer/Agreement Sexual Harassment Intellectual Property Selling Business NYC Sexual harrassment law New York Earned Sick Time Act Trademark Law Freelance Isn't Free Interns Housing Law Web Domains Interns as Employees Mandatory Class Action Waivers #meToo Minimum wage NQSO NY payroll law Federal Contractors Joint-Employer Relationship Trademark licensing Pregnancy Unionization Immigration Status Arbitration Agreements Womens Rights Overtime Exemptions stocks graduate students Health Care Unions Ban the Box Employment Law National Labor Relations Act Wage Theft Protection Act Business Law Technology NLRB Illegal rentals Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. Affordable Care Act Domain Name Credit Checks Non-Qualified Stock Options Attracting Investment Payroll Scams Business LinkedIn Credit Right to Unionize Trade Secrets Act Human Rights Law Prenup Department of Labor Sexual Harassment policy Divorce Criminal Record Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order National Labor Relations Board Apple vs. FBI Employment Contracts Browning-Ferris Case Fair Workweek Law Transgender protections Paid Family Leave Interview Series $15 Minimum Wage Corporate Law Executive Severance Fair Work Week Legislation ACA Fair Chance Act Employer Mandate Trade Secrets Firm Announcements Real Estate Law Internet Law Overtime Rules I-9 Verification AirBnB NYC Salary History Law Public-Sector Union Fees Privacy workplace discrimination Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Alter-Ego Doctrine Newsletter Security Worker's Rights Hairstyle Discrimination entrepreneur Independent Contractor Credit History Employee Salary Histories commuter benefits Nanny Audit New Address Negotiating Start-up Ventures Postnup Fair Labor Standards Act New York City Human Rights Law

Archive

EDIT - blog-container - This controls the styles for the headings

EDIT - BlogTagCloud - Font style

description

  • EDIT  - post-body - Font style

EDIT - side-panel - This is the colour of the sidebar headings

Snap | BC Module - Blog - Blog Description

Snap | BC Module - Blog - Blog Title

EDIT - Snap | BC Module - Blog - Date - This is the date box style

EDIT - Snap | BC Module - Blog - Post Content - Font style

EDIT - Snap | BC Module - Blog - Post Title - Heading style

EDIT  - Snap | BC Module - Blog - Sidebar Content - Font style

EDIT - Snap | BC Module - Blog - Sidebar Title - Heading style

latest blog title snap text

 

Disclaimer: Nothing on this website is or should be construed as legal advice.
An attorney-client relationship does not exist with our firm unless a signed
retainer agreement is executed, and we do not offer legal advice through
this site or any of the content located on it. For legal advice for your
particular circumstances, please contact us directly.