Entries tagged: labor employment

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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To Protect Employees, New York State Mandates Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Commercial Buildings

By: Arthur Yermash, Esq.

Posted: March 23rd, 2016

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A carbon monoxide detector could have prevented the tragic death in February 2014 of Steven Nelson, an employee at Legal Seafoods at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station, who fell victim to poisonous fumes from a malfunctioning water heater pipe at the restaurant.  The tragedy prompted a recent amendment to the New York State […]

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Does the Term “Work-for-Hire” Really Mean Anything in Software Development Contracts?

By: Eryn Truong, Esq.

Posted: March 21st, 2016

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The term “work-for-hire” is found in many software development contracts, but it is one of most misused phrases.  Typically, companies needing certain software developed will enter into a written contract with an independent contractor and insert the magical phrase “work-for-hire,” thinking it will automatically assign ownership of the intellectual property to the company.  However, works […]

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Little-Known Payroll Avoidance Loopholes Eliminated in New York

By: Arthur Yermash, Esq.

Posted: February 22nd, 2016

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New York business owners, take note: loopholes offering the potential to avoid personal liability for unpaid wages to employees have been recently eliminated.  Prior to these changes, owners of New York limited liability companies, as well as owners of LLCs and corporations created outside of New York (for example, Delaware), were not personally liable for […]

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Holiday Party Guide for Employers

By: Christine Malafi, Esq.

Posted: December 7th, 2015

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It’s that time of the year again! Many employers are hosting holiday parties, where employees, and sometimes clients and customers as well, get a chance to relax, socialize, and take a break from the work to celebrate the holiday season. Raising employee morale during the holiday season is a good way to say thank you […]

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Client Advisory: NYC’s “Ban the Box” Legislation Now in Effect

By: Arthur Yermash, Esq.

Posted: November 20th, 2015

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Joining state and local jurisdictions across the country, New York City has enacted a “Ban the Box” law that limits employers’ inquiries into the criminal background of job applicants and imposes stringent requirements on employers who intend to make hiring decisions based on such information. The Fair Chance Act, effective as of October 27, 2015, […]

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When It Comes to Your Employees, Stop Complaining and Start Training

By: Joe Campolo, Esq.

Posted: September 9th, 2015

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Much of the griping I hear from other business owners is about how the work effort of their employees is lacking. When I hear these complaints I’ll ask, “What are you doing to train your employees?” The usual response is something like, “Well I pay them and I don’t have time to train them. They […]

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