New York has some of the strictest and most comprehensive employment laws in the country. While the laws offer protections for employees, it can be difficult for employers to navigate all the rules and regulations. Coupled with federal law, New York businesses are forced to comply with a long list of standards.
The New York Business Journal recently published a rundown of the top laws every employer should know. While it isn’t an exhaustive list, it offers good insight into what employers who are new to the state can expect, and what current employers should be checking for compliance.
The list focuses on five areas:
- Anti-discrimination laws
- Wage and hour
- Employee scheduling
- Paid family leave
- Independent contractors
Each of these is an important area for employees to consider, and we highly recommend reading the full story, as it goes into about what employers should know.
It’s important to stay on top of laws
For businesses already established in the state, it is important to audit or review current policies to make sure practices are up to the current standards. Laws change, and if you aren’t changing your policies, you could be opening yourself to potential litigation.
It is also important for new businesses or businesses moving to the state to know the laws. Every state has different regulations.
In addition to state laws, employers must comply with federal laws. In general, state law is stricter than federal law, however it is important to be aware of the differences and know compliance requirements.
It can be difficult to stay on top of all of the regulations, but compliance is necessary to the success of a business.