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Terms of Employment: New York

Terms of Employment requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Jessica Sussman


  • In New York, employers must make certain that all terms of employment comply not only with federal antidiscrimination laws, but also the New York Human Rights Law. See New York State Human Rights Law.
  • In New York, employees are considered at-will unless they are employed pursuant to a contract. See At-Will Employment.
  • Although in New York there is no statute or regulation governing noncompetes in employment they must be reasonable and limited in geographic scope. Further, the type of activity restricted must be reasonably necessary to protect the employer's interests. See Noncompetition and Nonsolicitation of Customer Agreements.