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Can my boss require me to work overtime?

While the days of 9-5 pretty much vanished with the explosion of the tech industry, most employees (below executive level) still expect to work about a 40 hour week. So what happens when your boss, or simply the demands of your job, requires that you put in more hours than usual to get the job done?

You're entitled to 'me' time, even on the job

The Fair Labor Standards Act helps to ensure that workers are paid a fair wage. It stays quiet, however, on the issue of whether or not employers must give their employees time away from their duties to eat lunch, make a phone call or simply use the restroom. Fortunately for New York State residents, the state has stepped in and filled the obvious gap.

Am I eligible for overtime pay? Part II

The topic of overtime is far from straightforward. Employees who are considered exempt at the federal level may be nonexempt at the state level. Workweeks may vary from worksite to worksite (e.g. a construction worker may work eight hours a day and five days a week while a nurse may be on duty for four consecutive days 10 hours a day), making it difficult to determine who is eligible for overtime and who is not. Employees may not realize that holidays do not mandate overtime pay while employers may not be aware that they are obligated to compensate their employees for travel time.

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.

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.

New York State's New Minimum Wage Schedule

Perhaps you've heard the excellent news that last Friday, April 1, 2016, the New York State Senate overwhelmingly approved a new minimum wage for New York State of $15 dollars an hour. This was the thrilling culmination of a hard-fought campaign that began years ago, with a small group of activists dedicated to the Fight for 15 movement, a movement some considered unreasonable and unrealistic.

Should my employer be giving me a meal break during work?

New York employers are expected to know and comply with wage and hour laws that dictate how and when their employees should be compensated. These rules are strictly enforced, but there are some parties that do not follow them and hope they can get away by taking advantage of employees who are not as familiar with wage and hour laws

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