Narrowing the Gender Wage Gap in New York State

The New York State Department of Labor announced the implementation of a new law to further narrow the wage gap between male and female employees. This law takes effect on January 6, 2020, and prohibits both public and private employers from asking orally or in writing for job applicants to provide their wage or salary [...]

By |2020-01-08T09:46:25-05:00January 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What’s New in New York in 2020:

As the new year approaches, we want to update you on some of the changes becoming effective in 2020. Minimum Wage: After several years of repeated minimum wage increases, 2020 will mark the final increase in New York City for a while. Currently, the minimum wage in NYC is $13.50 per hour for businesses with fewer [...]

By |2019-12-30T21:24:03-05:00December 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Impact of DOL’s Changes to FLSA Salary Basis Test on Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses

On September 24, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule to change the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) salary basis test. The salary basis test is integral to classifying an employee as exempt from overtime payments. In order to classify an employee as FLSA overtime exempt, an employer must be sure that the employee [...]

By |2019-09-30T12:16:53-04:00September 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New York State Advances Bill That Would Allow Liens Against Employers for Unpaid Wage Claims

The new New York State bill would allow employees making claims against their employer to obtain a lien against their employer‘s property. The bill would allow plaintiffs to seek an order of prejudgment attachment on employer‘s assets pursuant to Section 6210 of the New York CPLR and would require that the court hearing be within [...]

By |2019-07-09T11:37:29-04:00July 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Employee Handbook Updates

As we settle into the new year, we should take a look back at all of the legislative changes made to New York policies in 2018 that could potentially affect you and your employees. Anti-Harassment Policies Starting April 2019, employers with 15 or more employees must conduct annual anti-sexual harassment training and keep a record [...]

By |2019-02-19T15:14:44-05:00February 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New York’s Updated Sexual Harassment Policy

A new legislative package requires that starting on October 9, 2019, employers in New York State must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and training or use a similar policy and training that meet or exceed the law’s minimum standards. The following minimum standards include: The policy must:    prohibit sexual harassment consistent with guidance [...]

By |2018-09-24T16:59:02-04:00September 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Requirements for Sexual Harassment Prevention:

New York state and New York City recently enacted new requirements for employers in regards to sexual harassment prevention. Effective September 6, 2018, employers will be required to display an anti-sexual harassment rights and responsibilities poster in a visible way in employee break rooms or other areas of the workplaces where employees commonly gather. The [...]

By |2018-08-27T15:23:37-04:00August 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Trump Administration Issues New Rule for Businesses Regarding Health Insurance:

Trump’s administration released a new rule on June 19, 2018 that would allow businesses sharing a common industry or geographic area to join together in purchasing health insurance. On August 2, 2018, attorney generals from 11 states (including New York and New Jersey) filed a suit against the Department of Labor. They allege that the [...]

By |2018-08-27T15:21:12-04:00August 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Department of Labor Opinion Letters: Travel Time and Break Time Compensability

The United States Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) began to release opinion letters again that address relevant employment law uncertainties. The two most recent letters discussed compensable work time. More specifically, pay for travel time to those with irregular work hours, as well as break time under the Family and Medical Leave [...]

By |2018-07-24T19:40:42-04:00July 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Supreme Court of the United States Holds For Employers In Major Arbitration Dispute Cases

A 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States holds that arbitration agreements made by employers and employees can resolve labor disputes and stops employees from joining together on class action lawsuits. Multi-plaintiff FSLA lawsuits have dramatically increased since 2000 and a way for employers to mitigate their risk is implementing an arbitration [...]

By |2018-07-24T19:40:58-04:00June 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments