A new law in New York City bans NYC employers from discriminating against an employee for being a “caregiver”. Effective May 4, 2016, the law defines a “caregiver” as a “person who provides direct and ongoing care for a minor child or a care recipient”. Employers are not allowed to fire, demote, or refuse to hire based on a worker’s “caregiver” status. The NYC Commission on Human Rights has also provided a definition for “care recipient”, and will be the agency responsible for enforcing the new law. Additionally, the NYC Commission on Human Rights has released two documents containing guidelines for employers on this new legislation. NYC employers should review these documents to ensure they are not in violation of this or any NYC Human Rights Law.
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