Employment Law

Thursday, May 21, 2020

What Is the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act?

Legislators at the state and federal have long been passing measures in an effort to protect employees across the United States from having to endure discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination based on a protected factor such as race, color, religion, and national origin have a more established presence in U.S. law. More recent legislative measures to combat Read more . . .

Monday, February 10, 2020

Attention Employees: You May Be Entitled to Overtime

What is the new salary minimum to be considered exempt from overtime?

As of January 1, 2020, it is estimated that about one million additional employees may be eligible to receive overtime. The Department of Labor has issued its final rule increasing the salary minimum for certain employees to be exempt from overtime. Per the rule, employees who make under this amount will now be entitled to time and one-half for any hours worked over 40 hours a week. The new overtime salary minimums are significant as previous exemption rates were set 15 years ago. All salaried employees in New York will want to closely review both the new federal and Read more . . .

Monday, December 16, 2019

What Is the Occupational Safety and Health Act?

In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) was passed with the purpose of assuring “safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women.” The requirements and standards set forth in the OSH Act cover the majority of private-sector employers as well as their employees. The goal of the OSH Act was to help ensure that employers continue to prove their employees with a safe and healthy work environment. The Act itself sets forth this goal as well as establishing how that goal will be achieved.

What Is Included in the Occupational Safety and Health Act?

In passing the OSH Act, Congress hoped to see workers across the U.
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Monday, October 14, 2019

Colorado Leads the Nation in Employment Law Reform

What reforms may be adopted nationwide to prevent discrimination against prospective employees?

Nationwide, there has been increasing focus on leveling the playing field for prospective employees. Traditionally, groups like women and individuals with criminal records have experienced discrimination in the hiring process. Colorado has led the way in implementing new laws aimed at reducing the pay gap between men and women, as well as helping those with criminal history find a job. It seems likely other states will soon mirror Colorado’s strides forward. Our NYC employment discrimination lawyers discuss Colorado’s new laws and what they could mean for job seekers in New York.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act

Mass layoffs mean that a large number of people have lost their jobs. The devastating effects of a mass layoff extend out into the community. When a group of community members has lost their livelihoods, they cannot contribute to the local economy as they could before. They lack the financial resources to purchase goods and services. Thus, other community members become adversely affected by mass layoffs.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Supreme Court To Consider Title VII LGBT Claims

 The U.S. Supreme Court will hear three cases in its fall term to determine whether federal law prohibiting
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Monday, March 25, 2019

Am I Entitled to Overtime Pay?

 Employers should fully understand their responsibilities to their employees. On the other hand, employees should make a concerted effort to know their legal rights and what they are entitled to. As an employee, you may have important questions such as whether or not you are entitled to overtime pay. If you have a legal right to overtime pay, you have earned overtime pay, and your employer has not adequately compensated you for this time, this is tantamount to theft. Withholding money to which you are legally entitled is considered wage theft.
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Friday, February 22, 2019

Is discrimination based on an employee’s gender identity unlawful in New York?

The year 2019 is thus far promising to be one of legislative reform and progression in the state of New York.  With the Democrats now in control of three chambers of the state government, several major laws have already achieved passage, while other laws are anticipated to be adopted shortly.  Several of the new laws impact the field of employment law, making it critical that

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Why should employers consider updating their employee handbooks in 2019?

The year 2018 was an important one for the field of employment law, especially in New York.  During 2018, a host of legislation was passed to address the now recognized systemic problem of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Employers: You Need an Employment Law Attorney

Why is it critical for employers to have a company handbook?

Whether you are just starting your new business or have been running your business for years, it is critically important that you secure the assistance of an employment law attorney.  As a business owner, nearly every aspect of your job involves laws and potential legal issues. Managing your employees will form one of the greatest challenges in your field, and employment issues can raise a host of legal issues.  Our

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Friday, January 25, 2019

A Review of the Top Employment Class Action Issues of 2018

What were some of the most important employment class action cases of 2018?

The year 2018 brought about some important developments in the field of employment law, particularly when it came to class action lawsuits.  Employment laws were amended in 2018, while one category of employment class action lawsuits surged.  Critical U.S. Supreme Court cases refined and revised laws pertaining to employment class action cases.

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