New York City: New Scheduling Laws
For Retail, Fast-Food Workers
New York City employers in the fast-food
and retail industries will soon have to
comply with five new employee-scheduling
laws related to breaks bet ween shifts,
predictable hours, on-call scheduling and
more. The first of the ordinances will take effect on Nov. 26.
Businesses should check to see if they fall within the
“retail” and “fast food” definitions under the new laws, as
there is a narrow exception for small employers. Affected
employers should look at their scheduling, hiring and other
processes now to make sure they are compliant with the new
Nevada: Pregnant Workers
Gain Broader Protections
The new Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness
Act greatly expands the state’s legal protec-
tions for expecting employees and is much
broader than the name implies. The statute
makes it illegal for an employer to refuse to
provide a reasonable accommodation to a
female employee or applicant for a condition
relating to pregnancy or childbirth or an associated medical
It is also unlawful for an employer to take adverse action
against or deny an employment opportunity to an otherwise
qualified female employee or applicant due to a request for or
the use of a reasonable accommodation.
West Virginia: New Drug and Alcohol
Testing Law Protects Employers
West Virginia employers that may have
hesitated in the past to implement robust
drug- and alcohol-testing policies may
now do so without fear of running afoul of
prior state court decisions limiting their flexibility. The newly
enacted West Virginia Safer Workplace Act, which took effect
in July, makes it clear that employers can test prospective and
current employees and provides new protections for organiza-
tions that conduct tests under the terms of the statute.
READ about state workplace law
Who’s Winning The
Talent War? Employees
When labor markets tighten, life often gets harder for
HR. But the outlook brightens for those on the other end
of the employment relationship—workers. While sala-ries have been slow to rise, nearly one-third of organizations increased their overall benefits offerings in the last
12 months, with wellness and health perks being the most
likely areas to grow, according to SHRM’s annual survey
of employee benefits.
“Given that two-thirds of organizations were experiencing recruiting difficulty and skills shortages for certain
types of jobs in 2016, organizations need to focus on providing a competitive benefits package to retain and attract
top talent,” said Evren Esen, SHRM’s director of workforce analytics.
In the past 12 months, a significant share of employers
enhanced their perks in the following areas:
of U.S. employees
fail workplace drug
highest failure rate
in 12 years.
Source: Quest Diagnostics.
—Stephen Miller, CEBS