Category Archives: Wage & Hour

Golf caddy on clubhouse golf course.

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 […]

Woman coughing while at work.

New York Strengthens Worker Protections for Paid Sick Leave Beyond COVID-19

In March, New York enacted legislation guaranteeing coronavirus-related paid sick time. Now, lawmakers have gone a step further by mandating paid sick leave for most workers. If you believe you have been denied paid sick leave, it takes a highly skilled employment lawyer to protect your rights. New Paid Sick Leave Requirements in New York […]

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 […]

An undocumented worker working in a warehouse.

Wage Protections for Undocumented Workers

Undocumented workers in New York face unique workplace challenges that documented laborers do not experience, not the least of which is being taken advantage of by employers that fail to pay the minimum wage or overtime pay. Nonetheless, undocumented workers are entitled to the same legal protections as documented individuals under state and federal labor […]

Interviewer asking job applicant about their salary history.

Ban on Salary History Inquiries Now in Effect in NY and NJ

An amendment to the New York Labor Law went into effect on January 6, 2020, prohibiting private and public employers in the state from relying on or inquiring about salary history in employment and compensation decisions. A similar ban became effective in New Jersey as of January 1, 2020. The best way for employees and […]

Woman working overtime in her office.

New Overtime Rule Goes into Effect January 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime rule becomes effective January 1, 2020. The best way for employees and employers to understand their rights and responsibilities under the new rule, respectively, is to consult an experienced employment lawyer. What’s in the DOL’s new overtime rule? In short, the rule increases the salary thresholds for […]

Lipsky Lowe LLP discusses the new tip rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

New Tip Rules on the Horizon

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a proposed rule concerning tip provisions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This rule applies to employers in the hospitality and restaurant sectors where wage theft has long been a pervasive problem. If you believe your employer has taken improper tip credits, you should consult […]

Lipsky Lowe LLP gives an overview of digital wage theft in the workplace.

In Focus: Digital Wage Theft

In the digital age, the use of digital time-tracking is becoming increasingly common. This technology is designed to replace clocks and time cards and improve the ability of employers to track employee time. Conversely, when an employee’s working hours are converted to data that is managed by computer software, that data can be manipulated with […]

Lipsky Lowe, LLP discusses the expansion of New Jersey's wage and hour protection laws.

New Jersey Expands Wage and Hour Protections

In August 2019, New Jersey substantially amended its wage and hour laws in a number of ways, which include tougher civil and criminal liabilities for wage theft. The best way to enforce your rights under the new wage theft law is to consult an experienced employment law attorney.  Most provisions of the new law were […]

Lipsky Lowe, LLP discusses the Department of Labor's most recent rule regarding overtime.

Department of Labor Announces Final Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its long-anticipated final overtime rule. The new rule, effective Jan. 1, 2020, raises the minimum salary threshold from $455 per week to $684, which is $35,568 annually.  Given the far-reaching implications of the new overtime rule, it is crucial for employers to ensure their businesses are in […]

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