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New York City Bans Discrimination Based on Height or Weight11/22/2023
Effective Wednesday, November 22, 2023, the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) has been amended to prohibit discrimination based on height or weight in employment, housing, and public accommodations. New York City now joins the following seven jurisdictions that include height and weight as classifications protected from unlawful discrimination and harassment:
(1) Binghamton, New York; (2) San Francisco, California; (3) Santa Cruz, California; (4) Washington, D.C.; (5) Urbana, Illinois; (6) Madison, Wisconsin; and (7) the State of Michigan. Similar legislation presently is pending in New York State, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Vermont.
Is Your Handbook a Liability? New Standards for Workplace Rules, Policies and Procedures11/20/2023
As we get closer to 2024, employers should consider a review of employment practices and rules for the new year. This is especially so given the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) decision this year in Stericycle, Inc., 372 NLRB 113 (2023). In Stericycle, the NLRB laid out a new legal standard for the evaluation of work rules, adopting a case-by-case review. Stericycle overrules the categorical approach contained in The Boeing Co., 365 NLRB 154 (2017) and revises the standard in Lutheran Heritage Village-Livonia, 343 NLRB 646 (2004), presenting a change to a more employee-friendly approach to the evaluation of work rules.
Thirteen Attorneys From Phillips Nizer Selected to the 2023 New York Super Lawyers List09/24/2023
Phillips Nizer LLP is pleased to announce that 13 lawyers have been selected to the 2023 New York Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in New York are selected by Super Lawyers.
New York State Pay Transparency Law Takes Effect September 17, 202309/15/2023
Effective September 17, 2023, New York employers with four or more employees must comply with certain statutory disclosure requirements when advertising for positions physically within and some outside the workplace or office. The law applies to advertising for available jobs, promotions, and transfer opportunities. “Covered employers” also includes employment agents, agencies, and recruiters regardless of size, excepting temporary help firms. “Advertise” is defined as “to make available to a pool of potential applicants for internal or public viewing, including electronically, a written description of an employment opportunity.”
Nine Phillips Nizer Attorneys Recognized in the 2024 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America©, including “Lawyer of the Year”, Jan L. Bernstein08/17/2023
Best Lawyers® recognized Alan Behr, Jan L. Bernstein, Regina E. Faul, Helene M. Freeman, Michael W. Galligan, Donald P. Perry, Evan J. Spelfogel, Martin B. Wasser and Elliot J. Wiener.
Evan J. Spelfogel Moderated a Panel for the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers on Confidentiality & Non-Compete Agreements06/05/2023
Evan J. Spelfogel, Senior Counsel, Employment & Labor Law Practice, moderated a prestigious panel for the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers’ webinar, “No-No’s on Confidentiality & Non-Compete Agreements”, held on May 17, 2023.
Eleven Phillips Nizer Attorneys Recognized in the 2023 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America©02/21/2023
Best Lawyers® recognized Alan Behr, Jan L. Bernstein, Regina E. Faul, Helene M. Freeman, Michael W. Galligan, Marc A. Landis, Donald P. Perry, Jeffrey Q. Smith, Evan J. Spelfogel, Martin B. Wasser and Elliot J. Wiener.
Evan Spelfogel Will be a Featured Participant at the NYC Bar Association’s Annual Employment Law Institute.02/01/2023
On March 3, Phillip Nizer’s Senior Counsel, Evan Spelfogel, will be a featured participant at the New York City Bar Association’s Annual all day Employment Law Institute. Mr. Spelfogel will be speaking on a program concerning “Labor and Employment Law Issues in Business Mergers and Acquisitions.”
Ten Phillips Nizer Attorneys Recognized in the 2022 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America© including Lawyer of the Year, Helene M. Freeman08/19/2021
Best Lawyers® recognized Alan Behr, Jan L. Bernstein, Helene M. Freeman (Copyright Lawyer of the Year), Michael W. Galligan, Marc A. Landis, Donald P. Perry, Jeffrey Q. Smith, Evan J. Spelfogel, Martin B. Wasser and Elliot J. Wiener.
PN Labor Alert - Important Reminder for Employers - Compliance Deadline for NY HERO Act is August 5, 2021
NYS DOL has provided guidance to employers on the immediate requirements for compliance with the NY HERO Act, as previously covered in our last alert. By August 5, 2021, employers must have adopted airborne infectious disease exposure plans. Employers face a $50 per day penalty in place for failure timely to adopt a plan. Employers can create a plan following NYSDOL standards or use a Model Plan created by the NYSDOL.
The New York Health and Essential Rights (HERO) Act05/09/2021
On May 5, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act), which is intended to protect workers from airborne infectious diseases in the workplace. The law will require employers to comply with minimum standards for workplace safety, which are to be developed, implemented and enforced by the NYS Department of Labor (NYSDOL) and the New York Department of Health (NYSDOH). These standards, once implemented, will address testing, PPE, social distancing, hand hygiene, disinfection, and engineering controls.
PN Practical News - The Biden Labor Agenda - April 202104/28/2021
When former Boston Mayor and construction trades union member and leader Marty Walsh was confirmed as the 29th U.S. Secretary of Labor on March 22, 2021, he became the first union member Secretary since the 1970s. Walsh’s background, priorities and experience point to a significantly more pro-labor agenda than in recent years, and early action on a number of major labor initiatives, including rollbacks of Trump labor regulations.
New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section awards Evan Spelfogel a Lifetime Achievement Award01/25/2021
The Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association has announced that Phillips Nizer LLP Senior Counsel Evan J. Spelfogel, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
U.S. News-Best Lawyers® (2021)11/05/2020
U.S. News - BestLawyers® recognized Phillips Nizer LLP as one of the nation's "Best Law Firms" for 2021. The annual rankings are presented in three tiers. A total of eleven areas of the firm's practice were recognized nationally and in the New York City metropolitan area. The rankings were announced on November 5, 2020.
Seventeen Phillips Nizer Attorneys are named to New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars10/28/2020
We are proud to congratulate our selected attorneys.
Phillips Nizer Attorneys Recognized in the 2021 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America©09/16/2020
Best Lawyers® recognized Alan Behr, Jan L. Bernstein, Helene M. Freeman, Michael W. Galligan, Marc A. Landis, Donald P. Perry, Jeffrey Q. Smith, Evan J. Spelfogel, Martin B. Wasser and Elliot J. Wiener.
Upcoming CLE Program - Employment and Labor Law Senior Counsel, Evan Spelfogel, who is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, moderates a 3-hour human rights Continuing Legal Education Program (CLE) on May 14, 2019 | Details05/14/2019
On Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers hosts a 3-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program on the #MeToo movement, workplace sex discrimination and recently enacted New York State and New York City requirements concerning mandatory sexual harassment workplace training.
Guest Speakers: Caroline Downey, General Counsel, New York State Division of Human Rights, and Dana Sussman, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights.
Evan Spelfogel Co-chairs the NYS Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section 3-Day Commercial Litigation Mediation Training03/19/2019
Evan Spelfogel co-chairs the NYS Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section 3-Day Commercial Litigation Mediation Training at Fordham University School of Law
Super Lawyers® (2018)09/13/2018
Seventeen Phillips Nizer attorneys were announced on September 13, 2018 as selected for inclusion on the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Attorneys represented a cross-section of several practice areas and industry teams.
U.S. News - BestLawyers® (2019)08/15/2018
Best Lawyers® recognized Alan Behr, Helene M. Freeman, Michael W. Galligan, Donald P. Perry, Evan J. Spelfogel, Martin B. Wasser and Elliot J. Wiener.