New York Passes SHIELD Act to Protect New Yorkers Against Data Breaches

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 25, 2019, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act or SHIELD Act (S.5575B/A.5635) into law to protect New Yorkers against data breaches by imposing stronger obligations on businesses handling private customer data to provide proper notification …

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New York City Ban on Marijuana Drug Testing by Employers Takes Effect in May 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 9, 2019, the New York City Council passed a proposed bill – Introduction No. 1445-A – that prohibited New York City employers from requiring job applicants to submit to drug testing for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, as a condition …

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New York State Budget Includes Increase to OCA Statewide Criminal History Record Search Fee

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 1, 2019, the New York Legislature approved the State Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget that includes a $30 increase to the fee charged by the Office of Court Administration (OCA) for the statewide Criminal History Record Search (CHRS) to raise the cost for the NY OCA search …

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Westchester County in New York Approves Ban the Box Measure to Help Ex-Offenders Find Work

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 3, 2018, the Westchester County Board of Legislators in New York approved a “Ban the Box” measure to ensure that ex-offenders with past criminal records have an opportunity to explain their circumstances when they are looking for work, according to a news story on the Board’s website.

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EEOC Sues Kansas School District for Allegedly Violating Equal Pay Act by Paying Women and Men Unequally

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency that enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has filed a lawsuit that claims a Kansas school district violated the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by paying women and men unequally for doing a job with the …

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Westchester County NY Ban on Salary History Questions by Employers Takes Effect on July 9

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 10, 2018 – Equal Pay Day – Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed the Wage History Anti-Discrimination Law to ban employers from asking about the salary history of applicants on applications or during interviews to prevent the perpetuation of the gender wage gap. The law …

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New York Issues Regulation to Protect New Yorkers from Data Breaches at Credit Reporting Agencies

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 25, 2018, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the state’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued a final regulation to protect New Yorkers from the threat of data breaches at credit reporting agencies such as the massive Equifax data breach that exposed the personal …

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Salary History Questions by Employers Will Be Restricted as Pay Equity Movement Spreads in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several states and cities in the U.S. have passed legislation prohibiting employers from seeking salary history information about job applicants as part of a “pay equity” movement to narrow the gender wage gap between women and men. This growing restriction on questions about the salary history of applicants by …

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New York Proposes Regulations for Credit Reporting Agencies in Response to Equifax Data Breach

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In response to the massive Equifax data breach that exposed the personal data of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers – almost half the country – Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) to issue a proposed regulation that would require credit reporting agencies …

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Class Action Lawsuit First to Challenge Alleged Employer Violations of New York City Ban the Box Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed in a New York federal court on August 4, 2017, could be the first of its kind to challenge alleged violations by employers of a New York City “Ban the Box” law called the Fair Chance Act (FCA), according to a press release …

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