New York Expands Scope of Permissible Employer Deductions from Wages

For almost 50 years, New York has had one of the most restrictive state laws on deductions from wages.  Under Labor Law Section 193, wage deductions were permissible only when required by law or limited to “payments for insurance premiums, pension or health or welfare benefits, contributions to charitable organizations, payments for United States bonds, payments for dues or assessments to a labor organization, and similar payments for the benefit...
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New York Law Prohibits Disclosure of Employee Social Security Numbers

Eric Paltell
Eric Paltell
08/22/2012
A new law in New York State makes it illegal to require a person to disclose his or her social security number for any purpose.  The new law, which goes into effect on December 12, 2012, adds a new Section 399-ddd to the state’s General Business Law. Significantly, the prohibition on disclosure extends to “any number derived from” a person’s social security number. As a result, employers cannot require employees to disclose the last four...
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“Unemployed” is the New Protected Status, at Least in D.C.

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
07/06/2012
By Randi Klein Hyatt The District of Columbia has enacted novel legislation, protecting unemployed individuals from discrimination in the hiring process. The new law prohibits employers and employment agencies from discriminating against potential employees based on their “unemployed” status. This law is the first of its kind to both prohibit employers from considering the employment status of potential employees and provide whistleblower...
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Maryland Expands Employee Rights In Connection with Jury Service

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
07/06/2012
By Randi Klein Hyatt Maryland employers are not permitted to require an employee to use accrued time off when appearing in response to a jury summons. Employers are also not permitted to take (or threaten to take) an adverse employment action against an employee who fulfills his or her civic duty. This past session, the General Assembly has added to the list of what an employer cannot do vis-à-vis an employee involved in jury duty. Effective...
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