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- The Department of Labor Issues New Guidelines When Hiring Interns
In reaction to very recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Benjamin v B & H Education, Inc, the United States Department of Labor has discarded its six-part test for determining whether interns and students are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act as it pertains to for-profit employers.
- Top 3 Legal Pitfalls Small Businesses Encounter
With an industrial spirit, and enviable ambition, many small business owners leave no stone unturned in the marketplace. They see opportunity at every turn, and innovation knocking at each door. The sole focus of many small business owners is how to connect their talent, insight, and products with the millions of marketplace consumers.
- New York’s Highest Court Expands Availability of Punitive Damages under the New York City Human Rights Law
New York City Wrongful Termination Attorney David S. Rich explains that New York's court of last resort recently lowered the standard for obtaining punitive damages under the New York City Human Rights Law.
- Why HR Departments May Fail Victims of Harassment
Human Resources Departments are charged with protecting the company, not necessarily the employee.
- 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.