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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 […]

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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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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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Company Culture: Your Strongest Asset or Biggest Liability?

No longer can company culture be thought of as a trendy catchphrase or as a workplace with nap pods, Nerf guns, and employees riding Segways up and down the hallways. This soft concept has hard results in terms of employee retention, productivity, a company’s reputation, and overall success. Whether by default or design, culture exists […]

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Let’s Get Legal: Guidelines for Summer Intern Compensation

As the beginning of summer nears, college students start applying for summer internship programs.  It is now time for employers and businesses to review their internship program policies.  College students rely on summer internships to gain valuable professional experience and in exchange, companies provide unpaid internships as an opportunity to let students learn from behind […]

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Can an Invitation to Connect on LinkedIn Violate a Nonsolicitation Agreement?

To protect their hard-earned resources, many employers maintain nonsolicitation agreements with key employees. Generally, such agreements prohibit current and former employees from poaching the company’s clients and/or employees, particularly in the event an employee moves to a competitor. While such agreements may not be enforceable if they are overbroad or otherwise go beyond the applicable […]

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Another Year of Change for Employers: What You Need to Know About 2014

Another year, another set of regulations for employers and human resources professionals to learn and implement in their workplace. With 2014 on the horizon, Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates, Inc. wants to update you on what’s changing in the New Year, so your company and staff can be in full compliance under the latest federal, […]

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Court Rules No Religious Discrimination Without Accommodation Request

An employer’s failure to hire a Muslim woman who showed up to her job interview wearing a headscarf was ruled not religious discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, because the applicant never requested religious accommodation, thus failing to provide the notice element for a claim. The Muslim woman filed a […]

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NYS Regulations For Expanded Allowable Wage Deductions Issued

The New York Commissioner of Labor has issued final regulations for the amendment to the state’s wage deduction statute (Labor Law § 193) that became effective November 6, 2012. The amendment to this statute clarifies and limits prior restrictions on employer deductions from wages. The new regulations specify: Legal deductions that may be authorized by […]

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When To Allow Workers Time Off To Vote

Election Day (November 5) is around the corner, so employers should be reviewing their current policies on allowing workers time off to vote to ensure compliance with any applicable state and local requirements. New York Election Law § 3-110 states that an employee is entitled to a sufficient amount of leave time that, when added […]

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