Category Archives: Wage & Hour

Lipsky Lowe, LLP discusses New York's recent expansion of equal pay protections.

New York Expands Equal Pay Protections

Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation amending the New York Equal Pay Act. The new law, which originally required equal pay for women and men who perform equal work, extends protections to employees based on any protected class under the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL). In addition, the law establishes a lower threshold than […]

  • Posted on: Jul 5 2019
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My boss won’t pay me over 8 hours. What are my rights?

If your employer isn’t paying you for all the hours that you’re working and you’re not entitled to be paid a salary, your employers breaking the law. The law requires an employer to pay you for all hours that you work for the employer’s benefit. Does not matter what your scheduled hours are, if you […]

  • Posted on: May 29 2019
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What is the Fair Labor Standards Act?

The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law that says employees are entitled to be paid minimum wage and overtime equaling time-and-a-half the regular rate for every hour they work over 40. The law begins with presumption that everyone is entitled to overtime and carves out exemptions from that. If you do not fall […]

  • Posted on: May 29 2019
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If I quit am I entitled to my unused vacation days?

The question of whether or not you’re going to get paid out accrued and unused vacation if you quit your job is really one that’s gonna be answered by the company policy. So New York has a general rule that employers should pay out accrued and unused vacation however that rule can be trumped by […]

  • Posted on: May 29 2019
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If I get “let go” am I entitled to a severance package?

Absent of an employment agreement obligating the employer to pay you severance, there’s no legal requirement for an employer to give you severance. An employer will give you severance really for one of three reasons. It’s required under the contract, good will of trying to help you bridge that gap between your old job and […]

  • Posted on: May 29 2019
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If I was misclassified as an independent contractor, what can I do about it?

Well, there’s a number of things you could do and obviously coming in, you know, talking to an employment lawyer like the employment lawyers here at Lipsky Lowe. There are definitely causes of action because you have been denied certain things and sometimes what you’re denying is not necessarily wages. Although often times it is […]

  • Posted on: May 29 2019
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What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee?

The difference between an independent contractor an employee can be a very complicated analysis. There are a number of different tests to determine when someone is properly classified as an independent contractor. I like to simplify it when I talk to my clients and the way I simplified is this: If you’re working through a […]

  • Posted on: May 29 2019
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What happens if I have used three sick days but I am still sick?

Whether or not you’re gonna get credit for an FMLA day or whether you have to use an FMLA day, there’s a couple things you have to remember. One of which is FMLA is unpaid leave. So you’re never going to get paid because you took an FMLA day. If you’re getting paid it’s because […]

  • Posted on: May 29 2019
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What is the Family and Medical Leave Act?

The Family Medical Leave Act is a federal law that’s designed to provide unpaid leave of up to 12 weeks for people who qualify. To qualify you basically need to be working almost as a full-time employee, because the requirement is that you’ve worked there for 12 months at your employer and that you’ve worked […]

  • Posted on: May 29 2019
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