Monthly Archives: May 2013

Attention Federal Contractors and Subcontractors!

OFCCP has given contractors notice that all federal contractors and subcontractors must begin using the U.S. Census Bureau 2010 EEO Tab to develop their  affirmative action plans, effective January 1, 2014 or later.    This will certainly change the goals for minorities and females due to the shifting of population.  Contractors need to be sure […]

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Department of Labor Releases “Obamacare” Notice Requirements

The full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare” is right around the corner.  The main part of the new law, the establishment of Health Insurance Marketplaces is set to start January 1, 2014.  Employers should have plans already in place to prepare for the significant changes that are about to take […]

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NYS Proposes Changes to Wage Deduction Regulations

The New York State Department of Labor has issued proposed regulations to guide employers with a recent statute expanding the scope of permissible wage deductions in New York. The proposed regulations cover: Deductions for the Benefit of the Employee Recovery of Overpayments Repayment of Wage Advances If the regulations are adopted as proposed, New York […]

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New FORM I-9 – Challenges and Pitfalls

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the long-awaited new Form I-9 which all employers must use now for all new hires in the United States and for re-verifications.  Employers should not complete a new Form I-9 for current employees if a properly completed Form I-9 is already on file. The revised Form I-9 is […]

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Can New York Be Next? Sixth State Limits Employers’ Access to Social Media Accounts

On April 5th, 2013, New Mexico became the sixth state to regulate company access to social networking accounts. Under the new regulation, an employer may not request or demand a job applicant’s social networking password or otherwise mandate access to the account. Click on the link below to continue reading. Can New York Be Next? Sixth […]

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New York State Minimum Wage Set To Increase

The current minimum wage in New York is $7.25 per hour, which is the federal minimum wage. However, the NYS Legislature has passed legislation that will increase the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9.00 per hour over three years, beginning with: $8.00 on December 31, 2013 $8.75 on December 31, 2014 $9.00 on […]

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N.L.R.B.’s Posting Requirement Contested

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) did not have the authority to require employers to post a notice informing workers of (among other things) their rights to form and/or join a union. Mark B. Portnoy President

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Urgent Reminder: New Form I-9 Grace Period Has Ended

Urgent Reminder: The NEW FORM I-9 was issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), effective March 8, 2013. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States. As of May 7, 2013, all employers must use the revised Form I-9 for all new hires […]

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If Only They Had Called PMP: Long Island Diner Becomes Latest to Pay for Wage Violations

After a joint investigation involving the Nassau County district attorney’s office and the federal and state labor departments, the owners of a diner in Nassau County have pleaded guilty to underpaying 72 workers and falsifying records. It was the first such joint investigation under New York State’s Wage Theft Prevention Act, which ratchets up the […]

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Employers’ Assumptions About Mental Illness Can Lead to Litigation

Let me relate a familiar story: Mr. Black has been working for Premier Corp. for over 20 years.  He is a supervisor on the production floor.  In the last year, he has begun to suffer panic attacks and has been diagnosed with major depression and anxiety disorder.  One day at work, he has a panic […]

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