Elizabeth Carlson

Elizabeth Carlson

Hodgson Russ LLP

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New Difficulty With Settlements at the New York State Division of Human Rights

The New York State Division of Human Rights’ (NYSDHR or the Division) standard stipulation of settlement document does not always include all of the terms that an employer would want when agreeing to pay a monetary settlement...more

8/19/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues NYSHRL Settlement

McDonald’s and Its Franchisees: The General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board Asserts That McDonald’s, USA, LLC Is a...

On July 31, 2014, I participated in a panel discussion on the Al Jazeera America television program “Inside Story,” hosted by Ray Suarez, regarding the recent determination by the general counsel (GC) for the National Labor...more

8/7/2014 - AFL-CIO Employee Rights Joint Employers McDonalds NLRA NLRB

Governor Amends NYS Human Rights Law to Protect Unpaid Interns From Discriminatory Practices

On July 22, 2014, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill amending the New York Human Rights Law to grant unpaid interns protections from "discriminatory practices." The amendment is effective immediately and it...more

8/5/2014 - Discrimination Employee Rights Internships NYCHRL Unpaid Interns

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Recess Appointments to the NLRB Are Unconstitutional: Noel Canning – Part III

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much anticipated ruling in the Noel Canning case. President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were found to be...more

6/30/2014 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

Federal Contracts: President Obama’s Executive Action Regarding Equal Pay

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, President Obama took two executive actions, designed (in the White House’s words) “to help combat pay discrimination and strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws.” The “Fact Sheet” on the White...more

4/15/2014 - Affirmative Action Compliance Data Collection Equal Pay Executive Orders Federal Contractors Retaliation Secretary of Labor Transparency

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Noel Canning Case Regarding Recess Appointments to the NLRB

On Monday, January 13, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Noel Canning case. The court will rule on the validity of the controversial recess appointments to the NLRB made by President Obama on...more

1/15/2014 - Canning v NLRB NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

New York Increases Minimum Wage And Minimum Salary Requirements For Certain Exempt Employees

Beginning December 31, 2013, New York’s minimum wage increased from $7.25 to $8.00 per hour. The minimum wage will continue to rise incrementally on an annual basis until December 31, 2015, as follows...more

1/3/2014 - Employee Rights Exempt-Employees Minimum Wage

New York Employers Beware: Do Not Delay In Returning Unemployment Insurance Forms!

New York employers recently received a letter from Carlton N. Boom, director, Unemployment Insurance Division, New York State Department of Labor, announcing changes in the unemployment insurance law. According to the letter,...more

12/30/2013 - Compliance DOL Employer Liability Issues UITF Unemployment Benefits Unemployment Insurance

With The New Year Comes New Annual Notice Obligation For New York Employers

Between January 1 and February 1, 2014, all private employers must provide each of their New York employees a written notice containing detailed information regarding the terms and conditions of their employment....more

12/27/2013 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Notice Requirements Personnel Records Wage and Hour Wage Theft Prevention Act Written Notice

Senate Confirms National Labor Relations Board Nomination of Richard Griffin as General Counsel

On October 29, 2013, the Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr. to the position of general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board). Since Republicans had been...more

11/4/2013 - Administrative Appointments NLRB Nominations Obama Administration Political Appointments Richard Griffin

General Counsel Urges the National Labor Relations Board to Overturn Current Precedent and Permit Employees to Use Company-Owned...

Last week, an administrative law judge (ALJ) from Region 21 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) issued a decision addressing two employment policies that the general counsel for the NLRB argued...more

10/29/2013 - NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Section 7 Unions

Government Shutdown Impacts Employment Matters

On Friday, the federal government and the American people will be into the fourth day of the so-called government “shutdown.” The shutdown will impact certain pending employment matters, including those before the U.S. Equal...more

10/4/2013 - EEOC Government Shutdown

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