Friday, February 22, 2019

Reforming New York's Workplace Laws

New York has been a recent hotbed on labor and employment news. Last week, New York City passed a ban on hair-based discrimination--a serious issue for those who are affected by hairstyle policies, but often not given the attention it deserves. Moreover, last month, the Governor signed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) into law. Bill Herbert (Hunter College) has some other ideas for ways in which the state can lead on labor and employment issues, which he described in a recent Daily News op-ed. Among his recommendations:

  • Give domestic workers and farmworkers collective-bargaining rights.
  • Give independent contractors collective rights.
  • Regulate pre-employment mandatory arbitration agreements.
  • Strengthen whistleblower laws.
  • Re-establish the State Joint Legislative Committee on Labor and Industrial Conditions.

-Jeff Hirsch

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