Recently, the U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) announced its crackdown on child labor law violations. Packers Sanitation Services (PSS) slaughterhouses in eight Midwestern states paid $1.5 million in fines in accordance with the terms of a consent decree signed in December...
Wage And Hour Claims
Are you a victim of wage theft?
Companies often run a tight ship to maximize profits. However, they are not permitted to do this at the expense of employees. As a worker, you are entitled to be paid a fair amount for what you do. Sadly, some employers do not always hold up their end of the bargain,...
What deductions can employers legally take from your paycheck?
If your paychecks seem to be getting smaller, consider taking a line-by-line look at the deductions coming out of your wages. Employers are permitted to make deductions, but only in limited circumstances and for specific reasons. The New York statute addressing...
Why you may be losing out by being a misclassified worker
Employers classify their workers into two classes - employees or independent contractors. There are a lot of legal differences between an employee and an independent contractor. Sometimes, an employer may misclassify workers for various reasons. The main one is to cut...
How does employment misclassification affect you?
Your employment classification affects your rights as a worker. Do you know what impact a misclassification can have on your rights? If you look at the paycheck of an independent contractor (IC) and an hourly or salaried employee, you'll notice one primary difference...
Arbitrator issues ruling in teacher pay case
When the economy dipped in 2009 and 2010, many municipal workers in New York City were still given wage increases. Teachers didn’t receive that same wage increase. Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of the city then, opted to withhold the increase from teachers. The...
Are you a victim of tip theft?
Someone has been stealing your tips. It’s not a co-worker. It’s not a customer. It’s your boss. It happens. Employers often feel entitled to tips because they own the business and really think of all money coming into that business as “their” money. They never think...
Salary threshold for exempt workers to rise
More workers in New York will be eligible for overtime payments under a Labor Department rule revision scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Previously, the salary threshold required to consider a worker "exempt" from the provisions of the National Labor...
Construction company owner jailed for wage and hour violations
Construction companies in New York are required to pay workers on public projects a predetermined hourly rate. This prevailing wage is set by local authorities, and in New York City, it is established by the Office of the City Comptroller. Failing to pay the...
Did you become eligible for overtime pay this year?
You may not have paid attention to changes made to the basic salary threshold by the New York Department of Labor in Dec. 2016. Perhaps that was because it didn't affect you in 2017. Now that it's a new year, your employment status may have changed, and you may now be...
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