Tag Archives: employment law

Ensure Compliance With Pay Equity Laws During Year-End Compensation Practices

During this time of year, it is common for employers to conduct employee performance reviews and make decisions about employee raises and year-end bonuses.  Many employers fail to consider the federal and state pay-equity laws, and the level of heightened scrutiny surrounding compensation decisions, when making these decisions about employee bonuses and raises.  This is […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , Leave a comment

How Employers Can Protect Against External and Internal Violence in the Workplace

Although violence in the workplace is never a topic employers want to discuss, employers are responsible for keeping their employees and customers safe.  Regardless of an employer’s size, location or type of industry, workplace violence is a realistic concern.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 2 million American workers are victims […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , Leave a comment

New York State Prohibits Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

On July 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill amending New York State’s Human Rights Law by prohibiting racial discrimination based on “traits historically associated with race,” such as natural hair texture and hairstyles including, but not limited to, as braids, locks and twists.  The purpose behind this amendment is to remove […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , Leave a comment

The Value of the Stay Interview

Employers strive to minimize employee turnover and want to retain top-performing employees and prevent those employees from quitting.  How can employers reduce employee turnover?  What makes high-performing employees want to leave a company?  How will an employer know if an employee is considering quitting their job? The easiest way for employers to answer these questions […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , Leave a comment

New York City Council Passes Bill Banning Pre-Employment Marijuana Drug Testing

It’s time for New York City employers to reconsider their pre-employment drug testing policies.  On April 9, 2019, the New York City Council (“Council”) passed a bill by a 40-to-4 vote that would prevent most employers from requiring pre-employment drug testing for marijuana.  This bill is the city’s latest efforts in a series of steps […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , Leave a comment

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 […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

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 […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , Leave a comment

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 […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , Leave a comment

Heads Up New York! Here are the 2019 Minimum Wage and Overtime Salary Threshold Increases

The New York State Budget provides that the minimum wage rates and overtime salary thresholds will increase under a phased-in schedule based on the employer’s location in the state.  Unlike most other states, New York has one of the most complicated minimum wage rate structures.  Not only does New York set a minimum wage rate, […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , Leave a comment

Exploring Absenteeism in the Workplace: How to Manage Employee PTO Abuse

Do you find that around the holidays and during the summer your employees are missing-in-action on a more frequent basis?  If you answered yes, you are in the majority of employers. Unscheduled absenteeism rates have risen to unprecedented levels since 1999.  Excess employee tardiness, unscheduled absenteeism, and paid time off (PTO) create a costly problem […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment