Understanding New York Overtime Rights: A Workers’ Guide
Introduction:A number of successful New York wage-and-hour lawsuits have made headlines recently, after the courts determined companies failed to comply with the state’s strict overtime requirements.
These cases are indicative of a growing trend in employment litigation, where the laws have become more strict and employees are increasingly more educated about their rights.Anti-Bullying Law Protects Students in New York
Introduction: As we embark on the beginning of another school year, some parents are dreading the possibility that their child may face bullying from other students. Parents seek always to protect their children from harm, but this is a situation where parents often feel powerless to intervene.
New York Special Education Advocates Help Resolve Disputes
Introduction: Parents of special needs students face many unique and difficult challenges. Unfortunately, this is no different when working to ensure their child receives a fair and adequate public education, as required by law.
Age Discrimination Increasingly Prevalent in New York, Beyond
Introduction: An executive order recently signed by President Barack Obama bars the federal government from accepting bids from contractors found liable for age discrimination. The order also bars companies with federal contracts from binding workers to arbitration agreements in age discrimination claims.
Disability Discrimination in New York City: An Ongoing, Uphill Battle
Introduction: A food service worker, blind in one eye, says he was ridiculed by managers for being a “Cyclops.” Another, who suffers from cerebral palsy and a rare condition that makes his nose abnormally large, was routinely mocked, his voice and mannerisms mimicked by higher-ups.
New York Gender Discrimination Displayed in Many Forms
Introduction: A great deal of progress was made in the women’s movement for equality in the workplace during the 1970s and 1980s.
However, it seems since the mid-1990s, that progress has sputtered, given that, among full-time employees, women earn 77 percent the salaries of their male counterparts.
Retaliation for Opposition to Discrimination: Standing Up for What’s Right
Introduction: Refusing to engage in or directly calling out an employer on behavior that is discriminatory can be a risky move. A worker who does, likely expects to be retaliated against, with job reassignments, demotions, pay cuts, heightened supervision, an increase in write-ups, unjustified poor performance reviews or just general negativity from supervisors.FMLA in NYC: Workers, Employers Must Know the Law
Introduction: Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, workers at most businesses are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave annually to cope with an illness, care for a sick relative or bond with a newborn baby or adopted child.
Steep Cost for Non-Compliance of New York Workers’ Comp Laws
Introduction: The New York State Legislature first passed the Workers’ Compensation Law in 1914, and it served as a compromise between the interests of employers and employees.
New York City’s Paid Sick Leave Law Protects Workers
Introduction: As of July 30, 2014, most employers in New York City are required to extend up to 40 hours in paid leave time annually to workers who are sick. The law, one of the first of its kind in the country, is applicable not just to large institutions, but also to small businesses and non-profits.
Federal and State Whistleblower Protections in New York
Introduction: It can be incredibly difficult for an employee to make fraud allegations, or voice civil rights or safety concerns, about the company that pays him. Both state and federal legislators have long recognized this, as well as the fact that most of these situations would never come to light unless workers were assured they would be shielded from institutional backlash and retaliation. This is why we have whistleblower protection laws at both the state and federal level.