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Changes to the Paid Voting Time Law in New York State

On April 1, 2019, New York State passed a new yearly budget that includes a provision revising the amount of paid voting time employees may take to vote. New York’s previous law on voting leave provided that if an employee had four consecutive hours either between the opening of the polls and the beginning of […]

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A Welcomed Victory for the NY Home Care Industry

On March 26, 2019, the New York Court of Appeals issued a highly favorable decision for the New York home care industry.  The Court of Appeals reversed two Appellate Division decisions, Andryeyeva v. New York Health Care, Inc. and Moreno v. Future Care Health Services, Inc., and deferentially relied on the New York Department of […]

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Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with physical and mental disabilities in places of public accommodation such as restaurants, movie theaters, stores, schools, offices, recreation facilities, etc.  Since Congress passed the ADA in 1990, lawyers have used the ADA as a tool to compel businesses to remove physical barriers in stores, […]

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NYC Deems Race Discrimination on the Basis of Hair is Illegal

Effective February 29, 2019, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) released detailed legal guidance setting forth new protections the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) has enacted to protect the rights of New Yorkers to maintain hairstyles closely related with their racial, ethnic, or cultural identities.  The NYCCHR’s legal guidance expressly […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Releases New Proposal for Rule On Overtime

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced on March 7, 2019 a new proposed rule that could potentially make more than a million American workers eligible for overtime. The DOL’s proposed rule seeks to raise the annual minimum salary requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemptions from the current level of […]

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How to Develop a Compliant Criminal Background Check HR Policy

Any employer that conducts criminal background checks throughout their hiring process should create and implement a criminal background check policy.  This policy will enable your Human Resources department to be consistent when making hiring decisions and will ensure all screening procedures comply with any local, state or federal employment laws.  When hiring and screening is […]

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Downsizing? How to Salvage Your Company’s Morale During & After Layoffs

Most managers will tell you that one of the most difficult tasks they have to do is to layoff employees when the company is reorganizing or downsizing.  Layoffs are often the result of positions being eliminated merely to reduce costs.  The truth is that there is no easy way for a manger to deliver the […]

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NLRB Returns to Employer Friendly Independent Contractor Test

On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) chose to overturn an Obama-era Board decision that made it easier for workers to be classified as employees, rather than independent workers. The Board’s recent decision in SuperShuttle DFW, Inc., 367 NLRB No. 75 (2019), greatly broadens the independent contractor test under the National Labor […]

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Tips for Dealing with Workplace Conflicts

Unfortunately, disputes between employees are inevitable. At some point or another, the differences in employees’ personalities, moods, opinions or lifestyles will lead to disagreement and conflict. The resulting discord in the workplace ultimately affects everyone in the office. Not only does the unwanted tension make the workplace environment uncomfortable, but it can negatively affect your […]

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How Management Can Address Personal Hygiene Issues In The Workplace

There are few situations that are as uncomfortable for an employer or manager to deal with than an employee’s personal hygiene issues. However, although the topic is uncomfortable to address it is important for employers to know how to appropriately respond when presented with these situations. Not only can an employee’s poor hygiene negatively impact […]

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