RPL Partner Mark H. Moore Addresses New York’s Ban on Salary History Inquiries

On October 31, 2017, inquiries into a prospective employee’s salary history became an unlawful and discriminatory practice in New York City. The New York City Human Rights Law, New York City Admin. Code § 8-107(25), now bars direct or indirect salary inquiries to an applicant or the applicant’s current or former employers, and bars any such inquiry from publicly available sources.  Moreover, if compensation history becomes available through background verifications…

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RPL Partner Mark H. Moore Discusses Groundbreaking Decision on Employee Privacy in Europe

On September 5, 2017, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice issued a decision of signal importance in the field of employee privacy. The Chamber condemned without sufficient justification an employer’s monitoring of an employee’s communications, leaving European employers with only vague guidance as to when such monitoring may be warranted. The employee at issue, Bogdan Mihai Bărbulescu, was employed as a sales engineer from August 2004 through August 2007…

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Refinery29 Features Article on Negotiation Tips by RPL Partner Nicole Page

In a new article, “The Negotiation Tips You May Be Forgetting,” RPL Partner Nicole Page urges women in the workplace to start (or continue) negotiating more for themselves. Ms. Page wields her expertise in daily employment negotiations to detail exactly why it’s important for women to ask for what they’re worth and how they should go about doing that. “Systemic sexism and a gender pay gap exists in many workplaces, and pay…

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Talking Politics at Work: RPL Partners Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis and Deena R. Merlen Speak with The Muse about Employees’ Rights (and Wrongs)

In Stacey Lastoe’s article, published on Friday, January 20, 2017 on The Muse, she confronts the question, “Can I get fired for talking politics at work?” Lastoe turned to RPL Managing Partner Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis and Partner Deena R. Merlen for answers. “What happens if I do discuss politics at the office? According to Helen D. ‘Heidi’ Reavis and Deena R. Merlen, partners at the law firm Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP, the answer is,…

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RPL Partner Nicole Page on Equal Pay and Pay Transparency in the Workplace

Every year we host an Ask for More Holiday Lunch for women executives focusing on women in leadership roles and how to continue paving the way to gender equity. This year, while covering the myriad ways in which discrimination manifests itself in the workplace, we highlighted the federal and state laws currently in place that protect against discrimination and seek to end the gender pay disparity. Gender discrimination occurs in…

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RPL Partner Mark H. Moore on Federal Anti-Hacking Statutes in December Corporate Counsel

Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP Partner Mark H. Moore shares key need-to-knows about the federal anti-hacking statutes as they pertain to employment disputes– how companies use the statutes, what they imply for monitoring employee communications, and how they may change with the recent passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The article, entitled “Four Things You Need to Know About Federal Anti-Hacking Statutes in Employment Disputes,” was originally published on Corporate…

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RPL Partner Nicole Page Leads Second Annual “Ask for More” Holiday Lunch on Gender Parity

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP hosted its second annual Ask for More Holiday Lunch, led by Partner Nicole Page.  The Ask for More events focus on women in leadership roles and paving the way to gender equity.  This year, Ms. Page spoke about the myriad ways in which discrimination manifests itself in the workplace, including the gender pay gap, and highlighted the federal and state laws currently in place that protect against discrimination…

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New York Passes “Freelance Isn’t Free Act”

Two weeks ago on October 27, 2016, New York City passed the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” (the “Act”) which provides legal protections for freelancers. The Act will go into effect 180 days after it is signed by Mayor de Blasio.  Prior to this Act, a freelancer’s sole remedy for nonpayment claims was to assert a breach of contract claim in court. Once the Act goes into effect, freelancers will benefit…

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RPL Managing Partner Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis Speaks on Panel at Inaugural Voice of a Woman Festival

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Reavis Parent Lehrer Managing Partner Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis appeared at the inaugural Voice of a Woman Festival NYC and spoke on a panel following the screening of “Equal Means Equal,” a feature documentary film that explores the unequal treatment of men and women under the United States Constitution.  Ms. Reavis spoke about the history of the civil rights movement, the state of laws that have…

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