Subhash Viswanathan

Subhash Viswanathan

Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC

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Reminder: New York Minimum Wage Will Increase on December 31, 2014

The minimum wage for employees in New York will increase from $8.00 per hour to $8.75 per hour effective December 31, 2014. The minimum wage for New York employees will increase again to $9.00 per hour effective December 31,...more

12/22/2014 - Employer Mandates Minimum Wage New Regulations Wage and Hour

Labor and Employment: An Early Holiday Present For New York Employers: The Annual Wage Notice Requirement Will Be Eliminated...

New York employers who have already begun preparing to send out annual wage notices to their employees under the Wage Theft Prevention Act can safely stop their preparations. The bill eliminating the annual wage notice...more

12/19/2014 - Annual Notices Pending Legislation Wage and Hour Wage Theft Prevention Act

NLRB Issues Final Rule on “Quickie” Elections

On December 15, the National Labor Relations Board’s final rule amending the current procedures for handling union representation elections (which has become known as the “quickie” or “ambush” election rule) was published in...more

12/16/2014 - NLRB Quickie Election Rules Union Elections Unions

NLRB Overrules 2007 Decision and Holds That Employees Have a Right to Use Their Employer’s E-Mail System for Union Organizing

On December 11, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) issued a 3-2 decision (with Board Members Philip Miscimarra and Harry Johnson dissenting) in Purple Communications, Inc., holding that employees have a...more

12/15/2014 - Email NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Purple Communications Unions

Syracuse Common Council Passes “Ban the Box” Ordinance

On December 8, the Syracuse Common Council voted 8-1 to pass a “Ban the Box” ordinance. If the ordinance is signed by the Mayor (or if the Mayor’s veto is overridden by the Common Council), the ordinance would prohibit the...more

12/12/2014 - Ban the Box Conditional Job Offers Contractors Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Local Ordinance Public Entities

Labor and Employment: The Bill Eliminating the Annual Wage Notice Requirement Still Has Not Been Signed by the Governor (12/14)

Nearly six months ago, we reported in a New York Labor and Employment Law Report blog article that the New York Legislature passed a bill eliminating the requirement under the Wage Theft Prevention Act that employers provide...more

12/8/2014 - Annual Notices Pending Legislation Wage Theft Prevention Act

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Implementing Executive Order 13658 (Minimum Wage for Certain Federal Contractors)

On October 1, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the issuance of its final rule implementing Executive Order 13658, which establishes a minimum wage requirement for certain federal contractors. The final rule was...more

10/8/2014 - Davis-Bacon Act DOL Executive Orders Federal Contractors Final Rules Minimum Wage Service Contract Act Subcontractors

President Obama Signs Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, which requires bidders on federal procurement contracts for goods and services (including construction) in excess of $500,000 to...more

8/5/2014 - Civil Rights Act Disclosure Requirements DOL Employee Rights Executive Orders Federal Contractors Title VII

Labor and Employment: Legislation Will End Employers’ Annual Wage-Notice Scramble (8/14)

On June 19, 2014, New York Assembly and Senate passed legislation eliminating a Wage Theft Prevention Act requirement that employers must provide wage notices to all employees by Feb. 1 each year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was...more

8/4/2014 - Notice Requirements Wage and Hour Wages

President Obama Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination By Federal Contractors

As expected, President Obama signed an Executive Order yesterday which amends Executive Order 11246 to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against employees or applicants based on their sexual orientation or...more

7/22/2014

Labor and Employment: U.S. Supreme Court Declares President Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional (6/14)

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)...more

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

The New York Legislature Passes a Bill Eliminating the Annual Wage Notice Requirement

Employers in New York will not have to issue annual wage notices to employees in 2015 and beyond. On June 19, 2014, a bill was passed in both the New York Assembly and Senate that eliminates the requirement contained in the...more

6/23/2014 - Hiring & Firing Limited Liability Companies Notice Requirements Personal Liability Wage and Hour Wages

Court of Appeals Holds That Student Safety Concerns Outweighed Teachers’ Picketing Rights

On May 6, 2014, in Santer v. Board of Education of East Meadow Union Free School District, the New York Court of Appeals held that a school district did not violate the First Amendment by disciplining teachers who...more

5/14/2014 - First Amendment Public Schools Right to Picket Right to Strike Safety Precautions Students Teachers

Higher Education Institutions That Are Federal Contractors Face a New Minimum Wage Requirement

While not all colleges and universities meet the definition of a “federal contractor,” many do perform contract work for the federal government. Those institutions will be facing a new minimum wage obligation in connection...more

2/18/2014 - Colleges Executive Orders Federal Contractors Minimum Wage Secretary of Labor Universities

Reminder: Wage Theft Prevention Act Annual Notices Must Be Issued to Employees By February 1

Employers who have employees in New York are required to issue annual notices under the Wage Theft Prevention Act (“WTPA”) to all New York employees between January 1 and February 1, 2014. This is the third year that the...more

1/8/2014 - Annual Notices DOL Wage Theft Prevention Act

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