Tag Archives: Human Resources

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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New York State Announces Upcoming Implementation of Tax Credit for Employers Hiring Post-9/11 Veterans

On November 11, 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the beginning of a promotional effort by New York State’s Division of Veterans’ Affairs to highlight a $74 million tax credit encouraging employers to hire New York’s post-9/11 veterans who are currently not employed. The highlights of the tax credit are as follows: New York State […]

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Unemployment Insurance Reform for Claimants

On March 29, 2013, Governor Cuomo signed legislation reforming the Unemployment Insurance system. Beginning October 6, 2014, the New York State minimum weekly benefit rate will increase from $64 to $100, and the maximum benefit will increase from $405 to $420 and will continue to increase each year thereafter. The Department of Labor is charged […]

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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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New York City Legislation Forces Employers to Provide Pregnancy-Related Accommodations

On October 2, 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law a measure that will require New York City employers to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee’s pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Employers with at least four employees are subject to the New York City law. Examples of reasonable accommodations include, among other things: Bathroom […]

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Wage and Hour Regulations: Pay Right or Pay the Price

  The number of companies exposed to wage and hour audits by Federal and State examiners increases each year, and the results, very often, are expensive settlements or even more expensive litigation. Aside from government initiated audits, there are an endless number of attorneys who will represent individuals or initiate class action law suits to […]

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Tobacco Policies up in Smoke: E-Cigarettes and What Employers Should Know

The popularity of e-cigarettes has exploded in recent years.  For those who haven’t heard of them, an e-cigarette is an electronic device that looks like a cigarette, but is smokeless.   When inhaled, it contains a mixture of water vapor and nicotine, satisfying the smokers craving for nicotine while at the same time eliminating second-hand smoke.  […]

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Minimum wage, overtime protections extended to direct care workers by US Labor Department

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule this week extending the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime protections to most of the nation’s workers who provide essential home care assistance to elderly people and people with illnesses, injuries or disabilities. This change will result in nearly two million direct care workers […]

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