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August 2016 Archives

Applying the FLSA in New York

The Fair Labor Standards Act states that non-exempt workers are entitled to be paid at least the federal minimum wage for each hour worked. Furthermore, a covered employee who works more than 40 hours in a week is entitled to overtime pay. Employers are required to keep detailed and accurate records, and they may face fines or other penalties for failure to do so.

BlueLinx agrees to pay penalty for severance agreement

New York workers might be interested to learn that BlueLinx Holdings Inc. will pay a civil penalty of $256,000 for requiring outgoing workers to defer their rights to monetary recovery if they file complaints with federal agencies. The SEC reported that about 160 employees signed severance contracts that included the provision, which BlueLinx added in June 2013.

It happens: pregnancy discrimination at work

Discrimination at work can take on many forms, and one form that is not as widely discussed is pregnancy. While it's logical that women become pregnant, can still perform their job duties during that time in most circumstances, and then need some time off to have their child and recuperate from the experience, some employers still see pregnancy as a way to discriminate against women. These employers may use a number of tactics to get pregnant women to quit their jobs, or to find ways they can attempt to justify firing them.

New York the first state to introduce transgender protections

In January 2016, New York became the first state in the nation to implement regulations designed to specifically protect transgender people's rights, but transgender people may still face suspicion, contempt or bigotry in the workplace. Federal civil rights legislation prohibits workplace discrimination based on gender, religion or ethnic background, but these protections are not yet enjoyed by transgender workers in most states.

Is my employer misclassifying me as an independent contractor? - II

In a previous post, we discussed how the job market has undergone something of an evolution in recent years, as a significant and growing cross-section of young workers are now choosing to earn a living as independent contractors, wholly embracing the relative freedom afforded by this type of employment.

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