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How the New U.S. Department of Labor Program Will Benefit Workers and Employers

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor through its Wage and Hour Division (the “Division”) announced a new pilot program to expedite resolution of inadvertent overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The program allows employers to self-report potential violations, reducing the time, money and resources spent to address … Read more

New York State is Cracking Down on Wage Theft

Many employees within the construction and restaurant industries in New York State claim that their employers exploit them by refusing to pay them the agreed upon amount, not paying overtime and permitting unsafe working conditions. Most, but not all, of these abuses occur in non-union employment situations where there is no organization keeping an eye … Read more

Do You Have to Pay Interns in New York?

Internships are widely considered to be beneficial for students, even if they are unpaid. They are supposed to provide practical experience and insight into how the student’s education is applied in a work setting. However, just because a student agrees to an unpaid internship, this does not mean that the employer automatically avoids liability under … Read more

Beware usury laws when making or receiving a loan

Generally, the law recognizes parties’ freedom to enter into a contract under the terms of their choosing. Parties can freely determine the terms of their personal and business affairs unless the agreement is illegal. However, one area where New York law steps in to impose limitations on parties’ freedom of contract is with usury laws. … Read more

Out with the Old (I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form) and in with the New

Employers should be aware of recent changes to the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form, which all employers must use. Since November 1986, when Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (the “IRCA”), employers have been required to verify the identity and employment eligibility of prospective employees prior to hiring. The IRCA prohibits employers from … Read more

What merchants need to know about charging cash versus credit card prices

A few years ago, merchants knew not to charge a “surcharge” or extra fee for a customer who paid by credit card instead of fees because most major credit card agreements did not allow it. As a result of antitrust litigation, many credit card agreements no longer prohibit charging additional fees for credit card use. … Read more

Latest Discrimination Rules in NY Mean More Risks for Employers

Companies with NY employees need to be aware of two recent legal developments which impose new liability under discrimination rules. There are already an array of different federal, state and local statutes which protect employees (and potential employees) from discrimination on many grounds, including sex, race, disability, and even felony conviction status. These rules impact not only New York based companies, but also out-of-state businesses that require New York employers to follow their employment practices.

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Changes to Employer Responsibilities under the Family Medical Leave Act

Employers should be aware of a recent court decision regarding their responsibilities in considering an employee’s request for a medical leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA is a federal statute, which applies to employers with 50 or more employees. It requires an employer to provide “qualified employees” with up to 12 weeks of leave in a year for family or personal medical circumstances. The court case which was just decided clarified who is responsible for determining whether an employee is eligible for FMLA and what steps employers have to take before they make a decision about eligibility.

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Estate Planning Musts for Liquor License Owners

Individuals who hold a liquor license face a number of restrictions on their business operations. In the context of estate and business succession planning, these limitations add an extra burden when passing the business on to heirs due to additional restrictions which may come into play after the death of a license holder. If owners do not plan appropriately, their estate may face legal difficulties and high costs which could reduce their assets.

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