Entries tagged: labor employment

New Law Prohibits NYC Employers from Inquiring About Applicants’ Salary History

By: Christine Malafi, Esq.

Posted: October 27th, 2017

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Businesses with employees in New York City, take note: beginning October 31, 2017, employers cannot inquire about an applicant’s salary history (wages, benefits, or other compensation) or rely on that history to make decisions in the hiring process, such as determination of salary, benefits, or in the negotiation of an employment contract. It’s critical that […]

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The WARN Act – What Business Owners and Employers Need to Know

By: Vincent Costa, Esq.

Posted: September 26th, 2017

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The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration on the federal level and by the New York State Department of Labor on the state level.  Whether you are a longtime business owner or purchasing a new business, you must familiarize yourself with the […]

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Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation: Headed to the Supreme Court?

By: Vincent Costa, Esq.

Posted: June 26th, 2017

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The Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law in 2010, established a program for whistleblowing related to securities and commodities law violations.  It created a private cause of action for whistleblowers to sue their employers for retaliation after reporting company misconduct.  However, federal circuit courts are split as to when employees are eligible for anti-retaliation protection under […]

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EEOC Proposed Enforcement Guidance for Addressing Unlawful Harassment

By: Vincent Costa, Esq.

Posted: January 27th, 2017

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On January 10, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requested public input on proposed enforcement guidance for addressing unlawful harassment in the workplace and hostile work environments under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Harassment claims have risen over the past few years and the proposed guidance follows a June 2016 […]

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New York Attorney General Pushes Back on Non-Compete Agreements

By: Arthur Yermash, Esq.

Posted: October 26th, 2016

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    It’s a business owner’s worst nightmare: an employee leaves to work for a competitor, and tucked into the boxes in which he’s packing his diplomas and photos are your customer lists and confidential information. Enter a non-compete agreement, which prohibits the employee from working for a rival company for a specified amount of […]

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Tips for Hosting a Workplace Summer Soirée

By: Christine Malafi, Esq.

Posted: June 22nd, 2016

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Fireworks.  Barbecues.  Lemonade.  A refreshing dip in the pool.  Summer has a way of bringing out the “sunshine” in everybody.  Hosting a summer event is a fun, enjoyable way to thank employees for their efforts and celebrate the pleasures of summer on Long Island.  But before you dive in, it’s important to consider potential legal […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Updates to Overtime Exemption Rule

By: Arthur Yermash, Esq.

Posted: May 23rd, 2016

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On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor released final updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), extending overtime eligibility to over 4.2 million workers.  The key change is to double the salary threshold – from $23,660 to $47,476 per year ($455 to $913 per week) – under which most salaried employees […]

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New York Joins Handful of States Guaranteeing Paid Family Leave

By: Arthur Yermash, Esq.

Posted: May 12th, 2016

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On April 4, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law an unprecedented bill establishing a state-wide paid family leave program, adding New York to the short roster of states—including California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island—that guarantee paid family leave. The law, part of the 2016-2017 State Budget, allows workers across New York State to take paid […]

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New York City Human Rights Law Amended to Include “Caregiver” Status

By: Vincent Costa, Esq.

Posted: April 25th, 2016

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In 2015, the State of New York added “familial status” as a class of persons protected under state discrimination laws, prohibiting discrimination against pregnant employees and employees with minor children.  On May 4, 2016, the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) will add a new protected class that offers an even greater degree of […]

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Allowing Employees to Telecommute

By: Christine Malafi, Esq.

Posted: April 22nd, 2016

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    In today’s workplace, a great percentage of employees will request the ability to work from home for one reason or another, be it temporary or not. Having employees work from home is both an opportunity and a challenge for both the employer and the employee. Employers avoid having to find space for the […]

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