New York Aliens and Immigration laws & HR compliance analysis

New York Aliens and Immigration: What you need to know

The New York Human Rights Law prohibits employment practices that discriminate based on national origin. Practices that discriminate against immigrants who are legally eligible to work may constitute national origin bias within the meaning of the Law.
The Law applies to employers with four or more employees (NY Exec. Law Sec. 296).
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Citizenship requirements that are made a condition of employment discriminate based on national origin in violation of the state law. Inquiries about a person's citizenship or country of birth are unlawful and imply discrimination based on national origin.
The New York Division of Human Rights enforces the Human Rights Law. The Division has the power to hold hearings; receive, investigate, and pass upon complaints; and enforce its orders in state court. Remedies include ordering the employer to stop the discriminatory practice; order hiring, reinstatement, or upgrading of employees (with or without back pay); and the payment of compensatory damages.
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To raise awareness of human trafficking and provide available services to victims, effective October 14, 2018, all lodging facilities in New York State with 5 or more rooms are required to provide informational cards throughout their facilities. The informational cards must contain information concerning services for human trafficking victims and include the national human trafficking hotline telephone number (888-373-7888). Hotel operators are required to place the cards in plain view and in a conspicuous location in public restrooms, in guest rooms, and near the public entrance to the hotel (NY Gen. Bus. Sec. 206-f). ...

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