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DOL Overtime Regulations: The End of an Era

At least once a week we get a call from a client inquiring about the status of the new salary threshold overtime regulations. We have an update, and the news is good for employers! By way of background, on May 23, 2016,...more

Second Circuit Lowers Causation Standard for Employees Alleging FMLA Violations

Last week, the Second Circuit joined the Third Circuit in lowering the causation standard in evaluating alleged Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations against employers. Under a lower “motivating factor” standard...more

Update Regarding New York’s Paid Family Leave Law (Effective Jan. 1, 2018)

As we reported previously to New York recently joined several other states that offer paid family leave benefits for employees. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the New York Paid Family Leave Law (PFLL) will provide eligible employees...more

Hope for Employers on the Wage and Hour Front: The Department of Labor Brings Back Opinion Letters

Given the exponential uptick in wage and hour lawsuits during the Obama administration and the United States Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) continuing aggressive enforcement of wage and hour laws, many employers have felt the...more

Employers Will No Longer Be Permitted to Ask About Previous Pay in New York City

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the New York City Council passed a law amending the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to add a protective class – salary history. The NYCHRL applies to all employers with four or more...more

New Year, New Minimum Wage (Orders) in New York

As most employers are likely aware, effective Dec. 31, 2016, new minimum wages went into effect in New York. The rates vary for employers, depending on size and location. ...more

Trump Names Fast Food CEO As Labor Secretary

President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday named Andrew F. Puzder, chief executive of the company that operates the fast food outlets Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. to be the DOL’s new secretary of labor. As widely reported by...more

Understanding the New Overtime Regulations

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued the final version of the much-anticipated new Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) regulations regarding the salary threshold for exempt employees. This post provides employers...more

New York: Women’s Equality Act Legislation

In 2013, Governor Cuomo proposed multiple pieces of legislation, dubbed the Women’s Equality Act (“WEA”), to protect and further women’s equality in New York state. The legislation has been signed and became effective last...more

New York City Fair Chance Act

New York City’s Fair Chance Act took effect last week, amending the New York City Human Rights Law by prohibiting covered employers from asking about criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been...more

The Much-Anticipated Proposed Overtime Regulations Would Extend Overtime Protection to Nearly 5 Million Workers in 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a much-anticipated proposed rule that, among other things, more than doubles the salary threshold required for an employee to qualify as exempt from overtime pay under Fair Labor...more

Thirty Years of Law in Thirty-Some Pages: The EEOC’s New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued its “Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues.” It was no minor undertaking. According to the EEOC’s Questions and Answers about...more

Rochester, NY Approves Ban-the-Box Legislation

Rochester, New York joins many other cities and states in “banning the box,” prohibiting most employers (with limited exceptions) from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history, including on an application, before the...more

The EEOC Amplifies its Focus on Religious Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) received 3,721 charges alleging religious discrimination in fiscal year 2013. In partial response to these charges, earlier this month, the EEOC issued new technical...more

Too “Obnoxious” to Enforce: New York Court Refuses to Apply Florida Law in Considering Restrictive Covenants

Florida MapRecently, a New York appellate court concluded that an employer could not rely upon a Florida choice-of-law provision in an employment agreement to enforce restrictive covenants against a former employee, even...more

Internship Programs: Rite of Passage, or Right to Pay? The Issue Deserves Continued Monitoring by Employers

With the start of the New Year, many employers are gearing up for their internship programs, which often coincide with academic semesters and summer recesses beginning in May. Such programs, though, have become a source of...more

Military and Veteran Status Added as a Protected Category under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

Assembly Bill 556 amends the FEHA to add "military and veteran status" to the list of categories protected from employment discrimination. "Military and veteran status" is defined by the Act as "a member or veteran of the...more

Walking in a Winter Litigation Wonderland: Top Employment Mistakes to Avoid at Your Company Holiday Party

As 2013 draws to a close, attentions turn to the festivities and merriment of the holiday season, and many employers gear up for office holiday parties. A holiday party is a great way to reward employees for a long year’s...more

Employers Under Continued Fire from Government Agencies and Legislature for Workplace Misclassification

New York has just become the 15th state to formally align its efforts with those of the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) to crack down on the misclassification of employees as “independent contractors.” New York...more

Times, They Are A-Changing: Employers No Longer Permitted to Delay or Fail to Return NY Unemployment Insurance Requests –...

Last month, the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) rather quietly effected legislation that had previously been signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 29, 2013, reforming New York unemployment insurance law effective...more

11/19/2013

Texas Files Suit to Strike Down EEOC Background Check Guidance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) usually forces employers who are subject to Title VII to play defense. The State of Texas, however, has upended that approach. On November 4, 2013, Texas filed a federal...more

Certain Deductions Allowed Under New York Labor Law, But Employers Beware

The New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) issued final regulations last week governing how employers may make certain types of deductions from employee wages authorized under the New York Labor Law. For years, there...more

FLSA Care for the Caregivers: New DOL Rule Broadens Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections for Direct Care Workers

A final rule issued by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) is to erode significantly a longstanding exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). For nearly 40 years, under the companionship services exemption, home care...more

Serving Up Trouble: IRS Ruling on Automatic Tips

Restaurants and other employers in the hospitality industry are reminded that, as of January 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will expect businesses to comply fully with its Revenue Ruling 2012-18. Among other things,...more

Don’t Forget About the Fair Credit Reporting Act: Background Check Class Action Suit Filed Against Trucking Company

As we have noted in a number of prior posts background checks can be a helpful tool for management, especially during the hiring process, but they can also be a ripe source for potential liability on a number of fronts....more

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