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Golf Caddies: Independent Contractors or Employees?

A common problem at golf clubs throughout New York and New Jersey is the misclassification of caddies and other golf club employees. Caddies are frequently classified as independent contractors and not paid overtime when they are legally entitled to it. But many are actually employees, according to the criteria established by the Internal Revenue Service […]

  • Posted on: Jul 22 2020
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Should Employers Consider COVID-19 Liability Waivers?

As businesses throughout New York begin to reopen, many employers are concerned about their potential liability relating to potential COVID-19 infections in the workplace. For this reason, some employers are considering whether to require employees to sign COVID-19 liability waivers before returning to the workplace.  While observers believe such waivers will not withstand scrutiny by […]

  • Posted on: Jul 15 2020
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When Are False Accusations of Racism Defamation?

The ongoing protests against racism across the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death have also sparked concerns about false accusations of racism, and whether such accusations are considered defamation. If your professional reputation has been harmed by false accusations, it takes a skilled employment lawyer to protect you from defamation. What is defamation? […]

  • Posted on: Jul 8 2020
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EEOC Updates COVID-19 Return to Work Guidance

In June, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its March 18, 2020 guidance, What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and other EEO laws. The updated guidance addressed a number of employment-related concerns as businesses reopen, including age discrimination, disability accommodations and workplace harassment.  Older Employees Returning to the […]

  • Posted on: Jul 1 2020
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NY Appellate Court Reinstates 2009 Sex Bias Claim; NYCHRL only Requires Unfavorable Change in Job Terms to Show Discrimination

In May 2019, the Appellate Division, Second Department reversed the 2016 Supreme Court ruling in Golston-Green v. City of New York. The Supreme Court dismissed the 2009 employment discrimination lawsuit against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) alleging gender discrimination in violation of the New York State and City Human Rights Laws.  In its […]

  • Posted on: Jun 24 2020
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Facebook Settles PTSD Content Moderator Claims for $52 million

Facebook has agreed to pay $52 million to thousands of content moderators who suffered psychological harm after reviewing posts depicting acts of suicide, murder, child abuse and other disturbing content.  The case may prompt content moderators who have suffered similar harm at other social media companies (e.g. YouTube, Twitter) to file lawsuits. Given the complex […]

  • Posted on: Jun 18 2020
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Supreme Court Rules Title VII Protects LGBTQ Workers

In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  While LGBTQ workers in New York have long had protections against discrimination under local and state law, the high court has now extended federal protections to millions of workers […]

  • Posted on: Jun 15 2020
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New York Courts Continue to Limit Employee Noncompetes

New York courts often refuse to enforce noncompete agreements. Most recently, in Flatiron Health v. Carson, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that an employer’s restrictions on a former employee were unenforceable. Despite the fact that courts continue to limit employee noncompetes, it takes a skilled employment lawyer to […]

  • Posted on: Jun 11 2020
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The Risk of Employment Litigation in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a tectonic shift in the employment landscape that may result in a wave of litigation alleging employers violated existing labor laws and the recently enacted coronavirus leave law. If you believe your employment rights have been violated, you should consult with an experienced employment lawyer. The New Normal While employees […]

  • Posted on: May 27 2020
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Clearing Pandemic Hurdles as Employers Reopen

As states begin allowing businesses to reopen, employers will face significant challenges on a number of fronts, including complying with wage-and-hour laws and administering COVID-19 tests to workers. The best way to navigate these challenging times is with the advice and guidance of an experienced employment lawyer. Businesses Ramping Up Operations While several states have […]

  • Posted on: May 20 2020
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