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September 2017 Archives

The gig economy and worker misclassification

Companies like Uber and GrubHub have made life easier for many New York residents, and they have put money in the pocket of many workers as well. However, it has led to a question as to the classification of these workers, and a California federal district court is the scene of a trial on this very matter.

Blacks and Latinos still face hiring discrimination

Many New York residents believe that those who work hard enough can improve their circumstances. However, studies have consistently shown that blacks and Latinos have to work harder to get the same opportunities to get ahead due to a discrimination in hiring practices. Further, the studies show that discrimination in hiring processes based on race is not declining.

Employment law protects DACA Dreamers with work permits

The announcement from the Trump administration ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals does not enable employers to fire their employees with valid work permits under the program. The Center for American Progress estimates that about 700,000 people hold jobs under the program that protected them from deportation. A ruling in 2015 from a federal judge in the Southern District of New York determined that employers could not discriminate against "all lawfully present aliens." The people who gained work permits through DACA, known as Dreamers, meet this definition.

Employers applaud court ruling against new overtime rules

Workers in New York who expected to qualify for overtime pay after the Obama administration raised the salary limit to about $47,000 may no longer have the opportunity. The rule represented the first adjustment to the federal overtime regulations since 2004 and would have enabled over 4 million more people to collect overtime pay.

A basic primer in New York wage laws

You work hard for your money, so you probably want to make sure that you get everything that is due to you when payday comes around. New York law sets specific provisions to help citizens understand a few basics points about their pay.

After-hours emails and phone calls may be compensable time

Some New Yorkers continue to do work for their employers after they have gotten off of work and returned home. This may include responding to emails, returning calls and other tasks. If these employees are considered to be non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act, their off-duty emails, phone calls and texts may be compensable under the labor laws.

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