In 2015, New York State’s Human Rights Law was amended to include all employers regardless of the number of employees. Previously, the law only applied to employers with four or more employees. Now, all employees are protected against sexual harassment. Additionally, plaintiffs that win their sexual harassment case are eligible to have their legal fees reimbursed.
New York recently passed the 2016-17 State Budget, which includes a paid family leave policy and an increased minimum wage plan.
New York State’s amendment to the Real Property Law prohibits housing discrimination against domestic violence victims.
Update: Changes to Regulations Stopped by Court in Texas
On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor published final rule changing overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new regulations change only the salaries tests for exemption and will be in effect on December 1, 2016.
As of October 13, 2010, changes were made to various aspects of New York’s spousal support laws. As of that date, spousal support was no longer awarded based largely at the court’s discretion.
What parents don’t always realize is that once their children turn eighteen, they lose access to medical records, private information, bank accounts, and more, even if their child is still listed as a dependent and under their health insurance.