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In Focus: Wrongful Termination

In New York, people who work hard to make a living are often unaware that they work “at will.” In other words, they can be fired at any time, without good cause, or for any reason at all. Obviously, employees can be fired for legitimate reasons — layoff, poor performance, or violations of company policy. […]

  • Posted on: Jan 8 2019
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Should I Sign a Severance Agreement?

If you are terminated, laid off or resign from your job, you may be asked to sign a severance agreement. Before doing so, you should consult an experienced employment law attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. What is a severance agreement? A severance agreement is a contract between an employer and employee clarifying […]

  • Posted on: Jan 1 2019
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In Focus: Nonsexual Harassment in the Workplace

Harassment in the workplace is typically thought of in the context of unwelcome sexual advances, or similar misconduct, by a supervisor or coworker. However, non-sexual discrimination is another form of unlawful discrimination under applicable employment laws. If you have been the victim of non-sexual harassment, it takes a skilled employment discrimination attorney to enforce your […]

  • Posted on: Dec 24 2018
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In Focus: Wage Theft in the Restaurant Industry

In recent years, a number of high-profile restaurant chains have settled lawsuits over unpaid wages. While many think of wage theft in terms of employers withholding pay or skimming hours, wage theft in the restaurant industry typically involves unpaid overtime and tip violations. In fact, Labor Department statistics show that restaurant industry has one of […]

  • Posted on: Dec 17 2018
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Barclays Fined Over Efforts to Root Out Whistleblowers

Barclays PLC was fined $15 million by New York regulators following a probe into efforts by the bank’s Chief Executive to unmask a whistleblower. The DFS investigation found shortcomings in governance and controls in the bank’s whistleblower program. In particular, several members of the management team were cited for failing to follow proper whistleblower procedures. […]

  • Posted on: Dec 10 2018
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Minimum Wage in New York Set to Rise as of December 31, 2018

In case you were not aware, the minimum wage is set to increase again throughout the State of New York on December 31, 2018. Legislation was included in the 2016-17 state budget enacting a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020 in all industries. The first wage increases went into effect on […]

  • Posted on: Dec 3 2018
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In Focus: Employee Handbooks

In the contemporary workplace, it is crucial for employers to clearly define their policies with respect to their employees. By creating a formal employee handbook, you can clarify the employer-employee relationship and protect your business in the event of a legal claim. The best way to design handbook tailored to your business’ individual needs is […]

  • Posted on: Nov 29 2018
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Google Revamps Sexual Harassment After Employee Protest

Google announced that it will overhaul its processes for handling sexual harassment complaints after more than 20,000 Google employees staged a walkout earlier this month. The protestors called for an end to forced arbitration in cases of sexual misconduct and changes to the related reporting procedures. The employee protests force Google to apologise for giving […]

  • Posted on: Nov 26 2018
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In Focus: Protecting Your Business From Employee Lawsuits

As the contemporary workplace continues to evolve, it is crucial for employers to understand their rights and obligations under state and federal employment laws and to establish policies and procedures that clarify their relationships with employees. By working with the right employment law attorney, you can protect your business from employee lawsuits. Formalize Employee Policies […]

  • Posted on: Nov 19 2018
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What is a Hostile Work Environment?

Sexual harassment in the workplace has become a hot button issue due in large part to the rise of the #MeToo movement. At the same time, many workers may not be aware of the type of conduct that may be considered sexual harassment, and, in particular, what constitutes a hostile work environment. The best way […]

  • Posted on: Nov 10 2018
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