Randi W. Kochman

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Second Circuit Holds That Parties May Not Voluntarily Settle Claims Under the Fair Labor Standards Act With Prejudice Without...

In Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake House, Inc. et als., the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that parties may not privately settle claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) with prejudice...more

8/28/2015 - Court Approval DOL FLSA Settlement Stipulations Unpaid Overtime Voluntary Dismissals Wage and Hour

United States Department of Labor Issues Memorandum Indicating Agency’s View that Most Workers Are “Employees” Covered by the...

Confirming what many employment law practitioners already know, on Wednesday July 15, 2015, the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (“USDOL” or the “Agency”) confirmed that the Agency takes a very...more

7/22/2015 - Administrative Interpretation DOL Economic Realities Test Exempt-Employees FLSA Independent Contractors Misclassification Over-Time

NLRB Issues Guidance on Employee Handbooks

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has recently been aggressive in its enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) and, in particular, Section 7 of the NLRA, which protects employees’ rights to form or...more

4/1/2015 - Employee Handbooks New Guidance NLRA NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Section 7 Unions

EEOC Issues Guidelines on Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

For the first time in 30 years, on July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has issued comprehensive guidelines for employers dealing with pregnant employees in the workplace (the “Guidance”). ...more

8/4/2014 - ADA Disability EEOC Employee Rights Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation

Attention New York City Employers: New Unpaid Intern Protections to Take Effect June 2014

As we previously posted on April 16, 2014 (click here), the recently-passed “unpaid intern” amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) will become effective this weekend on June 14, 2014. The timing of...more

6/13/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Internships NYCHRL Unpaid Interns

Gender Equity Notice Must Be Posted By Covered New Jersey Employers By January 6, 2014

Federal and State Law prohibit discrimination in pay, compensation, benefits, or other terms, conditions or privileges of employment based on one’s sex. See Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and...more

1/3/2014 - Civil Rights Act Compliance Equal Pay Equal Pay Act Gender Equity Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Notice Requirements Title VII

5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs to Have and Update its Employee Handbook

Employee handbooks are crucial to protect a business from needless lawsuits and assist with smooth business operations. Nevertheless, many employers fail to either implement a handbook or update an existing one. Attached...more

12/4/2013 - Compliance Employee Handbooks Employer Liability Issues Training

New York State Increases Minimum Wage

Beginning on December 31, 2013, New York State’s minimum wage will increase. The legislation will increase the minimum wage, which is currently $7.25, in phases according to the following schedule...more

6/14/2013 - Minimum Wage New Legislation

Employers Should be Aware of Updated I-9 Form

As most employers are aware, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (the “Act”) requires employers to verify that their employees are legally authorized to work in the United States. The Department of Homeland...more

5/17/2013 - Eligibility Hiring & Firing I-9 USCIS

Employers Need Not Yet Post New Jersey Gender Equity Notices

New Jersey employers with fifty (50) or more employees will soon have to post a “Gender Equity Posting” pursuant to the newly approved Bill A2647, which requires employers to post notices regarding employees’ rights to be...more

12/3/2012 - Gender-Based Pay Discrimination

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