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July 12, 2016

Gathering your employees together in order to provide them with harassment and discrimination training will cost you money and takes your employees away from their work.  So, is it really worth it?  Yes! Harassment and discrimination training is an investment in your employees and your company and reduces risks associated with litigation and high punitive damages.

1. Training is one of the most effective ways to communicate company policies and check for understanding.

Having written harassment and discrimination policies is critical, but there is really no way to know if your employees read the policies or understood them.  Plus, there is only so m...

June 3, 2016

New York has received a lot of attention lately for its expansive paid family leave program.  The attention makes sense. Paid family leave is a significant issue for both employers and employees.  However, the legislation does not go into effect until 2018 and, while it’s interesting to think about what is new, it’s also important to remember the leave laws that employers must already comply with on a daily basis.


So, as an employer, what do you need to consider now if an employee requests family leave?


Is the employee FMLA eligible?


Among other things, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) entitles eligible employees to take...

May 18, 2016

Effective December 1, 2016, employees classified as exempt from overtime pay under the executive, administrative and professional exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act must be paid at least $47,476 per year (up from $23,660) in order to remain properly classified as overtime-exempt. 


The FLSA provides exemptions from the minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for employees “employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity” (often referred to as the “white collar” exemptions).  The white collar exemptions are premised on a belief that the exempted workers typically earn salaries well above the minimum wage and enjoy o...

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