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New York's Wage & Hour Laws to be Amended by Legislature

In a previous post, we discussed whether employees can sue for not receiving "Wage Notices" required under New York's Wage & Hour Laws. Under the current law, employers must provide wage notices to employees upon hire and prior to February 1 of each subsequent year.

Proposed expansion of the FMLA to cover same-sex couples

U.S. employment law has many protections for employees in the workplace. These laws aim to protect an employee from unfair discrimination and unjust treatment, as well as provide some important job-related benefits in the event of a family or medical emergency. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is one of the laws that has significant importance to a great number of employees throughout New York and the United States. As legal definitions of family relationships continue to change, the reach of the FMLA may soon be extended.

Writers Guild alleges many members were denied overtime pay

New York employees may work for several reasons -- they enjoy the job, they would be bored if not employed, etc. -- but almost all would agree that a primary reason they work is for the money. People need money to pay their bills and enjoy life, and most expect that their jobs will provide this income for them. Unfortunately, however, some employees are taken advantage of by their employers and forced to work long hours while being denied overtime. Because there are wage & hour laws that prevent this sort of behavior, employees in this situation can file a lawsuit against their employers.

When does your boss have to provide you with detailed wage information under New York law? The answer may depend on the judge.

Wage theft - the practice of employers withholding rightful pay or benefits owed to their employees - has been illegal in the United States since 1938, when Congress passed and Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the landmark Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This federal law, which FDR himself called the "most important Act" of New Deal legislation since Social Security was created, is the reason that Americans have a minimum guaranteed wage at all. According to the FLSA, if your boss denies you money or benefits that you rightfully earned, you may sue him or her in federal court and receive your stolen back-pay, and in some cases, additional "liquidated" damages.

Employee sues when fired after reporting sexual harassment

New York employees face a variety of challenges in the workplace. Long work hours, demanding bosses, unsafe work conditions and even sexual harassment all commonly confront employees in their efforts to make a living. While some of these challenges may be tough to remedy, at least there is legal recourse for employees facing sexual harassment.

Group director for Tiffany & Company claims racial discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a law that protects workers from race-related discrimination. Under this federal law, this means not only are employers prohibited from discriminating against a current employee due to his or her race, but an employer also cannot make hiring decisions based solely on race. 

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