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January 2018 Archives

How age plays a role in career decisions

New York workers may want to stay in the workforce for as long as possible. In fact, that may actually be beneficial to society according to a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. As the population ages, there will be an impact to the Social Security system. This may be addressed by asking workers to wait until a later age to start taking their benefits.

TBS faces racial discrimination lawsuit

New York cable television viewers may be interested in learning that a lawsuit has been filed against TBS by an African-American former employee claiming the channel practices racial discrimination. According to the woman's lawsuit, she worked at the company for 13 years and observed a pattern of racial discrimination. She says that African-American employees had to work harder for promotions than white employees and that they were paid less than their white counterparts.

When should on-call employees be paid for their time?

Various industries use on-call employees to fill gaps in staffing needs. Being an on-call employee might seem like a pretty sweet deal. You can sit around and wait to see if you are going to get called in to work. After all, if your employer wants you to wait around, you'll get paid, right?

Volunteering by public employees must follow FLSA rules

New York public employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act's wage and hour rules should be careful that any volunteer work they undertake for their employer doesn't run afoul of those guidelines. Many volunteer situations are not allowed under FLSA's rules for severance, commissions and bonuses. The activities not included could result in the employee volunteer's organization being cited for a failure to pay for work performed. This is intended for the protection of both workers and employers.

Women in STEM careers face greater discrimination

Careers in science, technology, engineering and math frequently offer high-paying career opportunities to people in New York. Women and minorities, however, experience high levels of harassment and discrimination in these occupations according to a survey prepared by the Pew Research Center. Half of women in STEM jobs reported gender discrimination. Drawing upon data provided by some large technology companies, the Pew report found low levels of employment among blacks and Hispanics in STEM positions compared to other employment sectors.

Is it legal in New York to force employees to work off the clock?

For workers making an hourly wage instead of a salary, overtime pay can be a major boon. Extra hours require at least 150 percent their usual rate of pay, making time worked beyond 40 hours in any given pay period more lucrative. Unfortunately, due to that increased cost, many employers try to avoid paying overtime wages.

Man wins trial against employer for whistleblower retaliation

New York workers who engage in whistleblowing are protected under federal laws. When the workers report their employers for engaging in illegal behavior, the companies are prohibited from retaliating against them for engaging in protected activities. Retaliation may include any negative job action, including termination. It might also include filing defamation lawsuits against whistleblowers if the purpose is retaliatory.

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