Tag Archives: Workplace Compliance

Expected Changes to Workplace Laws Under President Trump – Part II

In Part I of this series, we examined expected changes at the U.S. Department of Labor under President Trump’s presidency.  In Part II, we will take a look at changes already made, and others expected to come, at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Under a Trump administration we […]

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The Evolving Legal Landscape of Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation

In the United States, federal and state laws differ with respect to whether they explicitly prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. The state of New York has prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation since 2003. But the federal law governing employment discrimination, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, […]

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Expected Changes to Workplace Laws Under President Trump – Part I

Though President Donald Trump has not yet stated in detail his plans with respect to labor and employment issues, it can reasonably be expected that his administration will upend current federal labor and employment law trends.  While former President Obama’s administration focused on a middle class economics agenda, it is likely that President Trump will […]

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Looking for Dedicated, Loyal Employees? Hire Veterans!

National Military Appreciation Month, May 2016, includes Loyalty Day (1st), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (6th), VE Day (8th), Armed Forces Day (21th), and Memorial Day (30th).  This month we honor, remember, and recognize all military personnel — those men and women who have served throughout our history, including those who have given their lives in […]

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Federal Contractors Beware! How Well-Prepared Are You In 2016?

In the last 18 months the federal contractor community has experienced more changes in regulations and additional Executive Orders than ever before. As most contractors are preparing to update their affirmative action plans (AAP), they should be aware of all of the changes and new requirements which make updating this year’s AAP more challenging than […]

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Paying Employees Using Payroll Debit Cards? Be Compliant!

Many employers, over the last few years, have been electing to pay their employees using payroll debit cards. An estimated 13,000 businesses in New York State pay approximately 200,000 workers through debit cards, according to the New York State Department of Labor. Providing employees their pay by way of debit card holds many advantages to […]

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2016 Brings Increased Fines for Workplace Safety Violations

Buried in the pages of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, that was signed by President Obama in November, is a provision for increased fines for OSHA Safety Violations. This is the first adjustment to federal safety fines since 1990. Fines for repeat or willful violations will increase from $70,000 per violation to $125,000; and […]

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Wage Recoveries and Independent Contractor Classification Best Practices: The Status of the People Who Perform Work for You

In early August of this year, New York Governor Cuomo announced that New York is set to recover a record amount of back wages and benefits owed to workers. Within the first seven months of 2015, the state recovered and distributed $18.1-million to nearly 19,000 workers whose employers failed to pay them the proper minimum […]

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New NLRB “Joint Employer Ruling” Could Have Wide-Ranging Implications

In a recent decision, the impact of which will not be clear for some time, the National Labor Relations Board has significantly modified and relaxed its standard for finding that a company that uses a staffing contractor or that has franchises is a joint employer of the employees of the contractor or franchise. The new […]

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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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