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June 2016 Archives

Am I eligible for overtime pay? Part 1

It seems like overtime should be a straightforward topic. If a person works more than 20 hours a week for a part-time position, or more than 40 hours a week for a full-time one, he or she should be paid overtime. Right? Not exactly. When it comes to the question of work and pay, there is no such thing as straightforward.

Is discrimination based on domestic violence illegal in New York?

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it can affect many parts of your life. Unfortunately, this sometimes can include your job. Sadly, some employers may use your status as a victim to discriminate against you. Although you may think that you have no recourse in such a situation, this is definitely not the case. Under both New York City and state laws, you have strong legal protections against domestic violence discrimination.

Ending family-responsibility discrimination

Families in general, and primary caretakers in particular, are constantly searching for the best way to "have it all." The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) makes a valid attempt to protect the rights of those families looking for the ideal work-life balance.

Facts to know about hiring minors

In the workaday world, a minor is anyone under the age of 18. Hiring minors, especially for temporary, seasonal positions, can be a win-win situation. The employer gets labor at a cheaper rate than he would if he hired an adult. The minor gets experience and a small degree of financial freedom. Before posting a Craigslist ad for a painter or lifeguard, however, employers should be aware of some employment rules and regulations that are different for minors than for adults.

Can I get a job if I have a criminal record?

If you have a criminal record, you are not alone. It is estimated that about 65 million Americans are in the same situation. If you are looking for a job, having a criminal history may make it difficult to compete, as the overwhelming majority of employers run a background check on applicants.

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