NYC Employment Law Blog

Unemployment Benefits & COVID-19

New York State is waiving the 7-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Because of the increased unemployment applications, New York state is implementing a filing system based on the first letter of the applicant’s last name. You should visit the […]

  • Posted on: Mar 24 2020
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President Trump signed into law yesterday the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Families First Act”) to combat the economic impact of the pandemic on U.S. workers and their families. The law has two components: an Emergency Expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act or “FMLA”, and Emergency Paid Sick Leave. What employers are […]

  • Posted on: Mar 20 2020
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New York Sick Leave – Coronavirus

New York passed a modified sick leave for workers who have been subjected to mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 (those issued by New York State, a local health board, or any other governmental entity authorized to issue such order). All private and public sector employees will be eligible for […]

  • Posted on: Mar 20 2020
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Lipsky Lowe LLP – COVID-19

As employment lawyers sensitive to the needs of employees and executives, Lipsky Lowe is closely following the progress of the global COVID-19 outbreak. As we continue to take steps to protect the health and safety of our lawyers and families, we are also continuing to provide the highest level of service to our clients. While […]

  • Posted on: Mar 17 2020
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Harvey Weinstein Gets 23 Years For Sexual Assault and Rape

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for raping a woman and sexually assaulting another. During the trial, Weinstein’s lawyers attempted to argue that the sexual encounters were consensual. The jury didn’t buy it, however, finding that Weinstein abused his power and committed rape.  “Weinstein verdict and sentencing confirm […]

  • Posted on: Mar 11 2020
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How Precedential Court Ruling in Breest v. Haggis Impacts Employers

Victims of sexual assault and workplace sexual harassment in New York City have a new means of financial recovery as a result of a precedential appellate court ruling in December 2019. In Breest v. Haggis, the First Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court held that plaintiffs can use the Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence Protection […]

  • Posted on: Feb 24 2020
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Stressed New Jersey employee.

New Jersey Strengthens Worker Protections

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a series of bills into law in January designed to enhance worker protections with respect to misclassification, wage theft and mass layoffs. The recently enacted employment laws cover a range of issues, including: Misclassification of Independent Contractors Employers often misclassify employees as independent contractors to avoid minimum wage and […]

  • Posted on: Feb 17 2020
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Commissioned salesperson selling a vehicle to a customer.

In Focus: Wage Protections for Commissioned Workers

A common misconception is that commissioned employees are not entitled to the same protections as hourly and salaried workers, including minimum wage and overtime. Certain commissioned workers In New York are protected by federal and state laws, however. If you work on a commission basis, the best way to assert your rights is to consult […]

  • Posted on: Feb 10 2020
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Luggage from the Away company.

Away Embroiled in Employment Controversy. Will Lawsuits Follow?

New York-based direct-to-consumer luggage company Away has been mired in turmoil since a scathing exposé on its toxic work culture appeared in The Verge. If you have been subjected to unfair treatment in your workplace, it takes a highly skilled employment lawyer to assert your rights.  Did Away executives create a hostile work environment in […]

  • Posted on: Feb 3 2020
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African American woman working in a business that follows the CROWN Act.

New Jersey’s CROWN Act Bans Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

On December 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation amending the state’s Law Against Discrimination to include hairstyle discrimination as a form of prohibited race-based discrimination. The Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act (“CROWN Act”) became effective immediately, making New Jersey the third state, along with New York and […]

  • Posted on: Jan 17 2020
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