Employment Law Year in Review

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - March 22, 2018

This memorandum highlights what we believe were the most significant legal developments and trends affecting employers and the employment relationship during the period since our last year-in-review memorandum, available here. The Supreme Court decisively narrowed the scope of whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act, and heard oral argument on whether employers may require employees to agree to class and collective action waivers in employment agreements. Late in 2017, once President Trump’s nominees were in place, the National Labor Relations Board set about overturning Board precedents relevant to the non-union workplace. The executive branch took steps to halt or narrow several Obama Administration policies, including federal overtime regulations and pay data reporting requirements. On the local level, New York City enacted a sweeping salary history ban and New York State required all employers to provide paid family leave effective January 1, 2018.