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Labor Department Launches Pilot Program For Employers to Self-Report Wage Violations

During a Congressional hearing on March 6th, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta unveiled a six-month pilot program intended to encourage employers to self-audit and self-report accidental violations of the Fair Labor Standards...more

Second Circuit Holds That Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

On February 26, 2018, in a landmark decision continuing the expansion of Title VII’s protection, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals became the second federal appeals court to hold that Title VII prohibits discrimination on...more

New California Law: Employers Must “Resist” Federal Immigration Agents

Effective January 1, 2018, the California Immigrant Worker Protection Act (the “Act”) requires private and public employers to “resist” informal worksite inspections by federal immigration enforcement agents....more

DOL Clarifies Approach to Unpaid Internships

Earlier this month, US employers received important news just as the season of hiring summer interns is set to begin. The Department of Labor (“DOL”), through Fact Sheet #71, clarified its position regarding unpaid...more

New York’s New Paid Family Leave Law: What Employers Need to Know

We’ve previously written about the NYPFL here, but this post focuses on how employers should prepare now that the NYPFL has taken effect, and how employers should prepare when an employee decides to take paid leave....more

New Minimum Wage Laws Take Effect Across the Nation

For many workers throughout the US, the New Year has begun with increased hourly wages.  On January 1, 2018, 18 states and 22 cities/counties across the nation increased their minimum wage.  ...more

New York’s Minimum Wage Increased on December 31, 2017

It’s that time of year for all employers in New York to confirm that their payroll is set up to pay the new minimum wage that went into effect on December 31, 2017. ...more

NLRB Reverses Several Obama-Era Decisions; Loosens Grip on Employers

In a flurry of decisions late last week, the newly-constituted majority of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) issued a number of decisions that signal a less interventionist approach with respect to the...more

NYC Amends the Earned Sick Time Act, Expands Coverage

Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law amending and expanding the NYC Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA). The law previously allowed full-time and part-time NYC employees who work more than 80 hours in...more

New York DOL Proposes New Regulations for “Call-In” Pay and Employee Scheduling

New York employers may soon be subject to new scheduling and pay requirements pertaining to their non-exempt employees who work “on-call” shifts. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the New York State...more

District Court Case Highlights Advantages of ERISA Severance Plans

Specialists have long touted certain significant advantages to employers that come along with maintaining ERISA severance plans, and a recent district court case highlights some of these advantages....more

New York’s New Paid Family Leave Law: What is it and Who is Covered?

Beginning January 1, 2018 nearly all private employers in New York must prepare for what some say is the most comprehensive paid family leave program in the nation. The New York Paid Family Leave Program (NYPFL) will provide...more

New Draft Tax Bill Provisions Have the Potential to Dramatically Alter Executive Compensation

The new draft tax bill, unveiled last week by the Trump administration has many provisions which would significantly affect many businesses in the United States. This post does not focus on all of the implications for the...more

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