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United States Department of Labor Q & A Concerning White Collar Overtime Final Rule

Friday, July 22, 2016

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EMPLOYERS NEED TO BE READY TO ASSESS CONTINUING EXEMPTION OF ITS WHITE COLLAR WORKERS WHEN THE NEW FLSA SALARY THRESHOLD GOES INTO EFFECT ON DECEMBER 1, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

First, public school district and BOCES employers should keep in mind that under the FLSA (and NYS minimum wage law), bona fide teachers are exempt from minimum wage and overtime provisions--regardless of salary levels. Read More

New York State Law Expands Public Employee Ability to “Buyback” Military Service Time

Friday, July 1, 2016

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law on May 31, 2016 allowing all honorably discharged military veterans who are members of a New York State public retirement system to purchase up to three years of prior military service credit toward their public employee pension service time.  This new law, which was effective immediately, eliminates […] Read More

EEOC Increases Fines for Posting Violations

Friday, July 1, 2016

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on June 2, 2016 that covered employers that fail to post the required notices of employee rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) may be hit with civil fines of […] Read More

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Addresses Equal Pay Rights and the Rights of Pregnant Workers

Monday, June 27, 2016

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted three resource documents on its website (www.eeoc.gov) on June 14, 2016 that address equal pay rights and the rights of pregnant workers under federal law. Read More

UPDATED: Governor Signs Paid Family Leave Policy into Law

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

On April 4, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed legislation as part of the State’s 2016-2017 budget to phase in a plan to require certain employers to provide employees with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave when caring for an employee’s infant, a family member with a serious health condition or to relieve family pressures when a family member (including a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent) is called to military active services. Paid leave to care for a family member includes leave to care for a child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, spouse or domestic partner. Read More

Governor Cuomo Signs Bill Repealing “Good Faith” Internal Reporting Requirement of Public Employee Whistleblower Protection Statute

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Public employers should be aware that Governor Cuomo recently signed a bill repealing Section 75-b(2)(b) of the New York State Civil Service Law, which required that a public employee, in order to invoke the anti-retaliation or “whistleblower” protection... Read More

Governor Cuomo Announces New Regulations Protecting Transgender New Yorkers from Discrimination

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

On January 20, 2016, Governor Cuomo announced that the New York State Division of Human Rights adopted new regulations that ban discrimination and harassment against transgender people. Read More

EEOC Publishes Guidance for Employers on the Rights of Applicants and Employees with HIV Infection

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

In early December 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published, “Living with HIV Infection: Your Legal Rights in the Workplace Under the ADA,” available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/hiv_individual.cfm, which explains, among other things, how employers may be able to provide reasonable accommodations in the workplace and how to avoid workplace discrimination for individuals with HIV infection. Read More

Governor Cuomo Continues to Focus on Worker Abuse in New York State

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

As part of a continuing effort to curb worker abuse in New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on October 14, 2015 that anti-retaliation and mediation units will be created within the State Labor Department to support the Task Force to Combat Worker Exploitation, a recently assembled multi-agency task force investigating alleged wage theft, child labor and other unlawful workplace practices by employers in New York State. According to the Governor, the Task Force has already opened 30 joint-agency enforcement cases across the state. Read More