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- Workers' Rights While on Maternity Leave
Before a worker becomes pregnant, they should take the time to learn about their rights regarding maternity leave and the use of company-provided health benefits for pregnancy and childbirth-related medical needs.
- New York State Issues Paid Family Leave Regulations Broadly Construing Circumstances Qualifying for Leave
In 2016, New York State enacted a bill, N.Y. State Senate Bill No. 3004-A, N.Y. State Assembly Bill No. A. 3870A (the “paid family leave law”).
- Legal Risks of Recruiting Employees from Social Media
Social media websites and other areas have been a major boon to businesses in finding assistance with all manner of materials, resources and employment opportunities. However, there could be legal risks that complicate these matters such as when the right contract has not been drafted the individual could leak vital data.
- New York City Curtails Retail Businesses' and Fast Food Chains' Discretion in Scheduling Workers' Shifts
New laws in New York City substantially limit retail employers' and fast food establishments' discretion in scheduling work shifts for their employees.
- Are My Business’s Employees Exempt from the Minimum Wage in New York?
The New York State Minimum Wage Act, N.Y. Labor Law § 650 et seq., requires that employees in New York be paid at least the New York minimum wage — presently $9.70 per hour to $11.00 per hour, depending on the county and the size of the employer — for all hours worked.
- 3 HR Areas an Attorney Strengthens in Business
There is no doubt that the current state of politics is affecting the mood of the entire country. Many social justice and human rights issues are front and center, on the minds of many. What this means for business is having solid policies and protocols in human resources (HR) planning.
- NYC Mayor Signs New Law Barring Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History
The new law’s rationale is that, on average, women are paid less than men for the same work, and that relying on salary histories in determining compensation perpetuates this gender wage gap. That is, the new law’s stated purpose is to reduce the likelihood that women will be prejudiced by their salaries at previous jobs, and to help break the cycle of gender pay inequity.
- Performing Employee Background Checks
Conducting employee background checks helps you to make better hiring decisions, and uncover issues that might interfere with an applicant's ability to do the job they are being considered for. At the same time, your business could be exposed to potential liability unless you follow the applicable federal and state laws, and stay up to date about certain types of information that may be off-limits.
- Intern or Employee? Should Your Organization Be Paying Your Interns?
An internship can be unpaid when the vocational and educational benefits received by the intern outweigh the benefits received by the employer for the intern’s work.
- Family Emergencies In Your Business: How FMLA Affects You
If you've just started a new business, there's a chance you've heard of FMLA and wonder how it affects your business. This important legal matter is something that you must fully understand, as it can impact you in many different ways.