Alerts: Employment Law
Overtime Rule Hang-Up Requires Careful Communication About Pay Decisions
December 2, 2016
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December 2, 2016
A federal court in Texas has halted nationwide preparations for the new FLSA overtime rule set to go into effect on December 1, 2016. That rule raised the salary basis required to maintain federal overtime exemptions from $455 per week to $913 per week, and included a mechanism for automatically updating the salary limits every three years.
November 28, 2016
There's big news for employers with offices in New York City.
November 1, 2016
As we noted in an alert last week, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 ("DTSA") creates a private right of action to sue in federal court for trade secret misappropriation, and provides for remedies including actual damages and attorneys' fees.
May 25, 2016
There's good news for companies that rely on trade secrets.
May 12, 2016
Important changes to federal overtime rules are right around the corner.
May 9, 2016
On April 4, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law amendments to the New York Labor and Workers' Compensation laws that raised the New York State hourly minimum wage to $15, and provided for paid-family-leave time for most employees. For some New York businesses, the first deadline for compliance is December 31, 2016.
April 7, 2016
New York City's Commuter Benefits Law takes effect on January 1, 2016. Under the law, for-profit and nonprofit employers with 20 or more full-time non-union employees working in New York City must offer their full-time employees the opportunity to use pre-tax income to purchase qualified transportation fringe benefits.
December 21, 2015
Here's some important news for persons owning interests in companies operating in New York that are registered in other states.
December 4, 2015
Your summer interns have only just arrived - and, as you may have heard, the law governing classification of interns has changed.
July 7, 2015
If your company safeguards its trade secrets but encourages employee social media use, you may want to review the recent California federal court decision in Cellular Accessories for Less, Inc. v. Trinitas LLC.
October 14, 2014
Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill amending the New York City Human Rights Law to provide that interns are now protected from workplace discrimination and harassment.
April 22, 2014
On Wednesday February 26th, the New York City Council voted 46-to-5 to expand the Earned Sick Time Act that is scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2014. Under the amended law, all businesses with at least five employees (or one domestic worker) must provide workers with five paid sick days a year.
March 4, 2014
For those employers covered by New York's new Hospitality Wage Order, tip credit rules are also changing effective December 31, 2013.
December 20, 2013
On October 21, New York State passed a new child labor law. This law adds print and runway models under the age of 18 to the definition of "child performers" protected by the New York Labor Law.
November 5, 2013
For some companies, summer interns aren't just bringing coffee this year. They're also bringing legal trouble. In an important decision on the subject of unpaid interns, a New York federal court ruled in June that Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc. should have classified certain interns as "employees" and paid them pursuant to state and federal wage and hour laws. Here's a summary of what you need to know to help ensure your intern program is on the right side of the law.
July 10, 2013
E-mail can be powerful evidence in a dispute, and whether employers and criminal investigators may use employee e-mail in litigation proceedings is a hot topic. A recent New York federal court decision outlined the current law in this area.
April 25, 2013
Beginning June 11, 2013, a new New York City law aims to prohibit employers from basing hiring decisions on an applicant's unemployment status. The new law, which amends the New York City Human Rights Law, also bars job advertisements that require applicants to be employed. New York City employers should note the change in the law and take steps to ensure their hiring policies and procedures are in compliance. Here's a summary.
April 8, 2013
On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a revised Form I-9 for use in verifying employment eligibility.
April 3, 2013
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage and overtime pay standards for employees. How you classify employees under the FLSA is critical: there's a lot of money involved, and a mistake can lead to audits, class action lawsuits, and unnecessary expense. Two recent cases have focused on an especially difficult area of classification law - the so-called "creative professional exemption." It's an area of particular import for owners and managers in creative industries.
March 12, 2013
Plaintiffs alleging sex discrimination in cases of same-sex harassment often have a more difficult row to hoe than plaintiffs complaining of opposite-gender harassment. For example, employers have sometimes been able to dismiss same-sex sexual harassment claims by arguing the offending words or actions did not express actual sexual desire or arise from perceived sexual orientation. But these arguments do not always work, as a New York employer learned this week.
March 4, 2013
When an employment situation deteriorates, one high-stakes question is whether an employer will have to make a contractually guaranteed severance payment. Severance payments can be substantial. But an employer who takes the position an employee resigned and is not entitled to severance may find itself in an expensive litigation.
February 20, 2013
There are new wage and hour paperwork requirements for private-sector employers in New York and California. Here’s a brief rundown of what you need to do to comply.
January 26, 2012
While an innovative social media campaign can be a great boon to business, corporate America is becoming increasingly aware of the inherent dangers of social media as well. In particular, employees' statements about employers on personal Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts have the potential to cause a company a PR nightmare, or even subject a company to litigation.
December 6, 2010
The old joke is that the assets of the agency go up and down in the elevator every day. In other words, people (along with clients and reputation) are an agency’s most important asset, and hiring and keeping key talent has never been more important.
August 20, 2010
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