There are a few laws that will be coming into effect in 2020 and plenty more to watch out for. For more information regarding each change, click on the link of resources below. If you have any questions that your CK Tax Professional can help you with, please contact us.
Ban on Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing in New York City goes into effect
"This proposed bill would prohibit New York City employers from requiring a prospective employee to submit to testing for the presence of any tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, in such prospective employee’s system as a condition of employment. Exceptions are provided for safety and security sensitive jobs, and those tied to a federal or state contract or grant". (Plain Language Summary taken from legistar.council.nyc.gov). Full text of the Bill
"New York City Lawmakers Ban Pre-Employment Drug Testing for Marijuana" Additional information from SHRM (Society for Resource Management)
"On August 12, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation that strengthened protections against discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, in the New York State Human Rights Law. The legislation strengthened New York's anti-discrimination laws to ensure employees can seek justice and perpetrators will be held accountable by eliminating the restriction that harassment be "severe or pervasive" in order to be legally actionable; mandating that all non-disclosure agreements allow employees to file a complaint of harassment or discrimination; and extending the statute of limitations for employment sexual harassment claims filed from one year to three years.The provisions of this law will go into effect at various times between August 2019 and August 2020." - New York State Division of Human Rights
A brief description of these provisions, and their effective dates, can be found here.
New Hotel Zoning Law Could Require Special Permits For Hotels Built South of Union Square
"The Department of City Planning (DCP) is proposing a zoning map amendment and a text amendment to the New York City Zoning Resolution (ZR) Article XI, Chapter 8, Special Union Square District (SUSD, also referred to herein as the special district) to extend the special district to include the area to the southeast of Union Square. Within this new area, new hotel development will require a special permit". Taken from full text for application document.