IMPORTANT LAW UPDATE FOR ALL EMPLOYERS IN NEW YORK CITY: In March 2018, the New York City Council proposed the “Right-to-Disconnect” bill [“RIGHT TO DISCONNECT” BILL].
If the bill passes, New York City employers with 10 or more employees would be prohibited from requiring workers to respond to electronic work communications (i.e., emails, texts and others) outside of the employee’s usual work hours except in cases of emergency.
Employers will be required to adopt a written policy regarding the use by employees of electronic devices for work-related purposes during non-work hours.
Employers will be fined at least $250.00 for each incident of non-compliance with the law.
Employers that retaliate against employees who do not respond to after-work communications will be required to compensate the wages and benefits lost by employees and pay a $500.00 penalty. The penalty increases to $2,500.00 if the employee is terminated.