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New York Governor Signs Law Protecting Unpaid Interns From Workplace Discrimination and Sexual Harassment


On July 22, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law an amendment to the New York Human Rights Law which extends protections against workplace discrimination and harassment to unpaid interns and prospective interns. The law is effective immediately.

The new law defines “intern” as:

[A] person who performs work for an employer for …

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Recently Enacted New York City Employment Laws


The New York City Council has passed a number of laws relevant to the workplace in recent years. A brief summary of these laws is below, along with links to the laws.

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Effective June 2014, New York City Law Will Protect Interns, Paid and Unpaid, From Workplace Discrimination and Sexual Harassment


In April 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law which will make current prohibitions against workplace discrimination and harassment applicable to interns. The law, which takes effect June 14, 2014, covers both paid and unpaid interns.

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“Workplace Bullying (the inside story): FAQs About Workplace Bullying”


Our new guide to workplace bullying. Click below to access the guide...

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Marc Alary Jewelry: Le Auteur


By Sharon Parella & Joseph Marano
Marc Alary is a French-born, New York-based jewelry designer who, since launching his first collection in November 2009, has created exquisite collections using precious metals and precious stones...

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Pregnancy Accommodations: NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act


Effective January 30, 2014, a new amendment to the NYC Human Rights Law requires employers (with four or more employees) to provide their employees with reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions.  Specifically, in September 2013, the New York City Council passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”) which provides that “[i]t shall …

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Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club: It Takes a Clubhouse


By Sharon Parella & Joseph Marano
Business partners Jonathan Schnapp and Ashley Albert have opened a unique shuffleboard club in Gowanus, Brooklyn which is reminiscent of those which, albeit decades ago, captivated residents of Florida retirement communities who often played on courts located at their community clubhouses...

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Homejoy: Good Works, Good Workplace


Homejoy, the professional housecleaning service which is also offered as an employee perk by numerous companies, hires its cleaners from sources including non-profit and public sector employment programs. Such programs include Chicago’s Employment & Employer Services, Inc., the Urban League and Baltimore’s Office of Economic Development. Homejoy has also created the Homejoy Foundation, a non-profit …

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Popular Employee Perk at Dropbox


Popular employee perk at Dropbox inspires employees and promotes collaboration. Classically trained and highly experienced chef Brian Mattingly runs the very popular Tuck Shop at Dropbox – Dropbox’s free employee cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chef Mattingly strives to promote a uniquely creative and healthy food program where employees consume meals such as tea …

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Innovative HR at Netflix


Harvard Business Review article by Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix: "How Netflix Reinvented HR" (HBR January - February 2014). Netflix culture: hire top talent, mandate adult conduct and focus on company's best interests, be truthful about performance, require managers to build great teams, and terminate merely adequate performers with generous severance packages.

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