Whether you are an employer or an employee, it’s important to stay up-to-date on developments in employment law to protect your rights in the workplace. Our blog highlights the most relevant news, bills, lawsuits, and “how-tos” of employment law for working professionals. Our blog also includes our firm’s most recent news.
Last month, a North Carolina federal court gave conditional certification to a class-action lawsuit brought against Uber by several of its drivers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Now, plaintiffs in the case can seek out other drivers who feel they have been wronged by the company and who have opted out of their arbitration agreement with Uber to join the class, giving the plaintiffs 18,000 drivers, and potential recruits, to choose from. Paul B. Maslo, an attorney for
Where the Department of Labor Stands
As part of an ongoing investigation, the United States Department of Labor believes extensive data exists that shows women at Google face “systematic compensation disparities” compared to their male counterparts.
As is the case with many Silicon Valley companies, Google is very wary of disseminating internal data of any kind. Yet from the data the Department of Labor has been able to receive, top officials within the Department concluded that pay discrimination against women at
In today’s labor market, where short-term contracts and freelance work are far more common than in the past, the correct classification of workers is crucial in determining whether or not a worker will receive benefits normally provided to employees. At the same time, in an effort to save on labor costs in a tough economy, employers are increasingly misclassifying employees as independent contractors, as doing so would save the company a great deal of money in benefits, overtime wages, and
New York City took a bite out of the gender pay gap this year by dismantling a destructive employment practice that encourages pay disparities between men and women. Mayor Bill de Blasio took a crucial step in doing this in May when he signed a new bill that makes it unlawful for an employer to ask an applicant what he or she makes or has made at a prior position. This action, according to de Blasio, “fixes a broken history”
The Rise of Age Discrimination
According to recent news articles, age discrimination is on the rise. While there are many reasons for this, our practice has noted a certain “perfect storm” of market factors contributing to this trend. With many middle-aged Americans facing greater financial uncertainty in retirement, the need to receive a paycheck past the normal age of retirement is becoming necessary to make ends meet.
Yet in the present labor market, where tech-savviness is valued and age is seen as
The unfortunate problem of unpaid wages affects many New York workers today. This problem is one that a team of handymen from Queens decided they’ve had enough of. George Fan of K. Peng Realty Corp. is facing a New York unpaid wage dispute for nearly a quarter of a million dollars for refusal to pay wages to a father and son who worked for 35 years and six years without pay, respectively.
Father-Son Handyman Team Remained Unpaid for 35 Years
When terminated from a job in New York, a severance agreement may be offered. While a severance package may look great at first, it’s important to critically review the document before signing. You may be able to negotiate better terms to help bridge the gap as you search for another job. Here are a few of the most crucial things to consider negotiating in a New York severance agreement.
How Much Your Severance Pay Will Be
The most significant of all terms
Pregnancy discrimination is a particularly dangerous form of sexism in the workplace given how much pressure exists on working women to work increasingly longer hours, particularly in the financial industry and tech industry. For pregnant women in these and other industries, while opportunities exist for women to take more leave when they become pregnant, discrimination often lurks upon their return.
Since men often do not need as much leave as women, they have more opportunity to advance to higher positions within a
Recently, the highest federal appeals court in New York reviewed the age discrimination claim of a human resources worker of the Archdiocese of New York. The worker, Michael Franchino, who was 67 years old at the time of his firing, previously claimed at the trial level that he was a victim of age discrimination in the human resources department of the Archdiocese of New York after he endured years of age-related jokes made by his peers while management stood idly
New York employers, like those in every other state in the U.S., are required to uphold the Family and Medical Leave Act. This act allows for employees who are eligible to take unpaid leave for specific reasons – such as a serious illness or having a child – and be certain that they will still have a job when the leave is over. But just what kind of job can you expect to come back to?
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