Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

New York employers face far-reaching employment law changes in 2014

By Kenneth W Taber and Teresa T Lewi

The arrival of 2014 has already ushered in major reforms to New York’s employment law landscape, with broad ramifications, particularly for New York City employers. The sweeping changes to the state’s minimum wage and unemployment insurance programme, as well as New York City’s pregnancy accommodation and paid sick leave laws, could prove costly to employers that fail to address the laws’ new requirements.

On 31 December 2013, New York’s minimum hourly wage increased from $7.25 (£4.42) to $8.00 (£4.88) and will rise to $8.75 and then to $9.00, effective 31 December 2014 and 31 December 2015 respectively. The New York Department of Labor (NYDOL) is expected soon to finalise its regulations detailing the impact of these minimum wage increases on tipped employees.

Effective 30 January 2014, an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) will require city employers with four or more employees to reasonably accommodate their employees’ pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, so long as the accommodation enables the employee to perform the essential functions of her position. Prior to the amendment’s passage, employers’ obligations to provide reasonable accommodations were limited to those employees with actual disabilities…

If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the Pillsbury briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.

Sign in or Register to continue reading this article

Sign in


It's quick, easy and free!

It takes just 5 minutes to register. Answer a few simple questions and once completed you’ll have instant access.

Register now

Why register to The Lawyer


Industry insight

In-depth, expert analysis into the stories behind the headlines from our leading team of journalists.


Market intelligence

Identify the major players and business opportunities within a particular region through our series of free, special reports.


Email newsletters

Receive your pick of The Lawyer's daily and weekly email newsletters, tailored by practice area, region and job function.

More relevant to you

To continue providing the best analysis, insight and news across the legal market we are collecting some information about who you are, what you do and where you work to improve The Lawyer and make it more relevant to you.


Tower 42, Level 23
25 Old Broad Street