NYC Adds “Safe Time” to Earned Sick Time Act

Effective June 4, 2018, employers in New York City will officially have additional obligations to follow as it pertains to notifying employees about their rights under the Earned Sick Time Act (the “Act”).  On May 5, 2018, the Act added amendments to provide employees with “safe time” to employees  – or a family member of

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Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Clauses

Today (May 21, 2018), the United States Supreme Court, in the case of Epic Sys. Corp. v Lewis, held that employers can require – as a condition of employment – that employees waive their rights to participate in class action lawsuits.  As a result, employers can now rely on arbitration provisions in employment contracts and handbooks

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Sexual Harassment – New York Increases Protections to Employees and Non-Employees

Recently, both New York State and New York City made changes to their laws to deal with the pervasive issue of sexual harassment in the workplace.  A number of different laws are being enacted, the highlights of which are provided below. New York State Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims Prohibited. Effective July 11, 2018,

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Second Circuit Resolves Liquidated Damages Under the FLSA and NYLL

On April 6, 2018, in the case of Rana v. Islam, Case No. 16-CV-3966, the Second Circuit resolved a split in the circuits over whether liquidated damages for unpaid wages are recoverable under both the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Law (NYLL).   This resolved a split among district courts within the Second

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Sexual Orientation Protected Under Title VII

On February 26, 2018, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held in the case of Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc. that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The decision overturned prior Second Circuit precedent from 2005 holding that sexual orientation claims are

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PREPARING FOR 2018!

As the New Year is just around the corner, now is an opportune time to remind individuals of some the upcoming changes in New York’s employment landscape. Wage Increases: The minimum wage for non-exempt employees in New York will increase as scheduled on December 31, 2017. The following new hourly minimums will apply: New York

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Long Island Commercial Litigation Attorney

Business disputes are messy … and costly.  Ranging from contract to real estate disputes, the Firm has experience in commercial litigation matters.  Prior to engaging in litigation, the Firm attempts to resolve these disputes through negotiation or mediation.  If the matters cannot be resolved amicably, the Firm will represent clients in state court or arbitration

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New York Paid Family Leave – Forms Now Available

On January 1, 2018, New York’s Paid Family Leave law will go into effect.  The benefits are to be funded by a weekly contribution of each employee’s weekly wages, which is now 0.126% of the weekly wage (capped at New York State’s current average weekly wage of $1,305.92).  Employees will be eligible if he/she: (1)

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Reminder – Prohibition on Salary Histories in NYC

As a reminder, on October 31, 2017, the law prohibiting employers in New York City from asking about salary history goes into effect!  We blogged about this issue previously here: Please ensure that you are aware of this law and are guided accordingly.  To the extent employment applications requested this information, they should be revisited

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Natural Disasters and the FMLA

In light of the recent weather that has taken over national attention with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it is as good a time as any to discuss how these natural disasters impact the employment world in the United States, including an employer’s obligation to provide leave under laws such as the Family and Medical Leave

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