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[2] Non-employees covered by this Policy include persons commonly referred to as independent contractors, “gig” workers and temporary workers.  Also included are persons employed by a third-party who are providing any services, such as equipment repair or cleaning services.



Effective Date:

December 18, 2019

Policy Number:




Issuing Authority:


Responsible Officer:

Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Compliance


All members of the Canisius College community.



Reproductive Health Care Decisions

Section 203-e of the New York Labor Law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on an employee’s or a dependent’s reproductive health decision making and accessing such information regarding an employee or an employee’s dependents without the employee’s prior informed affirmative written consent.  The law also prohibits employers from requiring employees to sign a waiver or other document which purports to deny an employee the right to make his or her own reproductive health care decisions.  Reproductive health care decisions include, but are not limited to, the decision to use or access a particular drug, device or medical services.

Section 203-e also prohibits retaliation against employees because of the reproductive health care decisions of an employee or his or her dependents and for an employee making or threatening to make a complaint to Canisius College, a co-worker or a public body that rights guaranteed under the law have been violated, causing to be instituted any proceeding under or related to the law, or providing information to, or testifying before, any public body conducting an investigation, hearing or inquiry into an alleged violation of the law or any of its rules and regulations.  Employees may bring a civil action in court of competent jurisdiction for any alleged violation of Section 203-e and if a violation is found to have occurred the court may award  damages, injunctive relief, reinstatement and/or liquidated damages. 

It is the policy of Canisius College to act in accordance with the requirements of Section 203-e.


[1] For additional information regarding non-commercial use, please refer to Aufderheide, Patricia; Jaszi, Peter (2011). "Appendix D: Myths and Realities About Fair Use". Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

[2] U.S. Copyright Office. (2010). Executive Summary - Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Retrieved from

[3] U.S. Copyright Office. (2010). Statement from the Librarian of Congress on the Anticircumvention Rulemaking.  Retrieved from

[4] Note: Current employees are not obligated to complete the forms set forth in the Appendix.