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On September 25, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed regulations which, if adopted, would establish factors for determining whether an individual is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA requires employers maintain certain records regarding employees and provide a federal minimum wage and overtime to nonexempt employees.

Earlier this year, New York State enacted a new  sick leave law, which becomes effective Wednesday, September 30. This law requires all New York State employers to allow employees to accrue sick leave. Although accrual of sick leave begins on the 30th, employees may not take the leave until January 1, 2021.

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In the last few years, the New York Legislature has enacted many new protections for employees in New York State. This year is no exception. On January 7, 2020, New York Labor Law section 203-E became effective. It concerns employer obligations with respect to the reproductive health decision-making of employees and their dependents.

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