Steven R. Nevolis

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Happy October! – A New Round of State Sexual Harassment Guidance And City Laws to Kick Off the Scariest Month of the Year

New York State and City have each passed new legislation addressing workplace sexual harassment and employer accommodations, which both have deadlines looming for New York employers. Just in time – on October 1, the State DOL (finally) clarified – in a good way – a number of employer obligations under the State law. The State … Continue Reading

Fall is Coming! New York’s New Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws Just Around the Corner

As the summer reaches its peak, New York employers may be more concerned with juggling employee vacation schedules than drafting new policies. But with New York’s recent anti-sexual harassment legislation coming into effect this October, and continuing into the spring for New York City, employers need to begin rolling out new policies and ensuring that … Continue Reading

Technology Ahead of Laws and Regulations – Or Is It?

For decades, technological innovation has changed our world at a rapid pace. Across industries and departments, businesses have a plethora of new and exciting technology and tools they can utilize to deliver products and services more effectively and efficiently to their customers. This is especially true of today’s human resources department and function. Recent trends … Continue Reading

The Rising Cost of “Hush Money” – Congress Strips Tax Incentives for Sexual Harassment Nondisclosure Agreements

You can count Congress among the institutions caught in the ground swell of the #MeToo movement, and they’re using the tax code to prove it. Buried in the various changes of the new tax bill, Congress included Section 13307, titled “Denial of Deduction for Settlements Subject to Nondisclosure Agreements Paid in Connection with Sexual Harassment … Continue Reading

The New Year Brings New Rules to New York

As January draws to a close, New York employers are confronting the reality of many new laws and regulations that govern the employment relationship – from the new Paid Family Leave law, to the new federal tax law. We are also tracking several newly-signed and proposed pieces of legislation, which could further complicate the employment … Continue Reading

The “Knife’s Edge”: Second Circuit Dulls the Standard of Proof Needed for a Hostile Work Environment

The Second Circuit recently reversed a district court’s dismissal of a hostile work environment claim brought by a Muslim plaintiff.  See Ahmed v. Astoria Bank, et al., 16-1389 (2d Cir. May 9, 2017).  In-house counsel and human resources executives should take heed of this decision, which may signal a loosening standard for what may constitute … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Message – Be Wary of EEOC Subpoenas

On Monday, the Supreme Court held that appellate courts must utilize the deferential “abuse-of-discretion” standard when evaluating a ruling on a subpoena issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  This ruling came in response to a Ninth Circuit decision wherein the circuit court reviewed a … Continue Reading
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