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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 […]

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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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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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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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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, […]

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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 […]

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How To Avoid The Top 10 FLMA Mistakes Employers Make

Navigating the maze of legal requirements applicable to employee leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be a daunting task for employers.  To make matters worse, the law is full of traps that can easily ambush employers that let their guard down.  So to help employers avoid costly missteps, we decided to look […]

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Risky Business! Rescinding a Job Offer

It is common for circumstances to arise requiring an employer to rescind a job offer.  Even after seeking out the most qualified candidate for a position and making an offer, there are a variety of reasons the offer might need to be retracted.  For example, the corporate health of the company is poor and the […]

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Cross-Training Employees: Your Best Defense

Running a business is predictably unpredictable regardless of the industry. The temporary absence of an employee from work due to vacation leave, sickness, family emergency or leave can result in loss of revenue, decreased productivity, and strained customer relations. The leave provided by, for example, New York’s newly enacted Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL”) […]

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