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Employment Contract Law: How Many Breaks Am I Entitled To?

Employment contract law was created to ensure that the rights of employees are protected. It is not uncommon for employers to provide employees with periodic rests and lunch breaks, whether paid or unpaid. Contrary to popular belief, these breaks are not mandated by federal labor law, known as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Some,…


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Where Do Women Draw the Line with Sexual Harassment?

Coming forward with a sexual harassment complaint in the workplace can be intimidating. In fact, according to a national phone survey conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), the majority of individuals who experience sexual harassment in the workplace fail to report the incident. One reason may be that this type of inappropriate behavior…

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Salary Overtime Law: Can You Sue Your Boss For Making You Answer Late Night Emails?

With the advent of company-issued smartphones that, unfortunately, give companies access to their employees 24-7, the line between the workday and off-hours has definitely become blurred. Easy electronic access to business due to the common use of BlackBerrys, iPhones, and other hand-held devices is disrupting home-life and raising legal issues. A small number of lawsuits…

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The High Price of Your Cheap Manicure: Overtime Hours Law

A recent New York Times article reported that New York manicurists are often exploited, underpaid, unprotected, and endure other abuses. Reporter Sarah Maslin tells of young Asian and Hispanic women lining up on the street corners along the main roads of Queens, waiting for vans to pick them up and drive them over to nail…

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Seven Types of Workplace Harassment

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, harassment of employees based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information or parental status is prohibited. These types of workplace harassment are prohibited under federal (and most state laws). If you or someone you…

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Lawyers Specializing in Education Law to Help With 3020 Hearings

New York’s new $142 million budget contains language that would make it harder for public-school teachers to obtain tenure, which prohibits the firing of a tenured teacher without cause, according to a recent news report. Instead of the current three-year probationary period before becoming eligible for tenure safeguards, beginning July 1 new teachers will face…

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Employment Contract Law: Major Local Employer Loses Contract After Giving Misleading Information

The U.S. Department of Education just pulled the contracts of five companies, including Pioneer Credit Recovery – a major provider of jobs in Wyoming County – according to a recent WIVB4 News report. The Department of Education reviewed 22 private collection agencies, and found that five were engaging in misleading practices and violating federal and…

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Sexual Harassment Lawyer NYC: Tell and Suffer – Workplace Issues

While it is estimated that one in three women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace at some point in their life, what happens after the hostile behavior is reported is rarely talked about. A recent Business Standard article told the story of a woman who was treated unfavorably after she reported sexual harassment to…

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1 in 3 Women Has Been Sexually Harassed at Work, Survey Says

A study found that one in three women has been sexually harassed at work, according to a recent Huffington Post article. In addition,  Cosmopolitan conducted a survey of more than 2,200 full-time and part-time female employees between the ages of 18 and 34 and discovered some alarming facts. Other statistics the study found include that…

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Employment Discrimination Lawyers NY: Jose vs. Joe

What’s in a name? A lot, apparently. Jose Zamora was searching for employment for months, sending out as many as 100 resumes a day. The responses, however, were minimal if any. Then Zamora changed one thing in his resume and, within a week, his inbox was full. What was the difference? Jose became Joe. According…

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