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Student Labor Laws: Campus Employment and Student Work Rights

The cost of college is rising constantly. Students often need money for rent, food, transportation, and other costs. Because of this, many students choose to work on their college or university campus. Working on campus is convenient. Plus, there is often a wide variety of jobs available that pay a decent hourly wage. If you…

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Pregnancy in the Workplace: Handling Restroom Breaks

Pregnancy is an exciting time for most women, but for working women, being pregnant at work can be stressful. While the law does not allow pregnant women to be discriminated against, many women still experience it in some form. Let’s face it: Pregnancy is no easy task. A woman can expect to gain 25 pounds…

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How to Prevent Harassment in the Workplace

After the Harvey Weinstein scandals and the growing power of the #MeToo movement, people are becoming more aware of sexual harassment and taking aim to stop it. Sexual harassment can happen anywhere, but it is common in the workplace, where people spend eight or more hours together every day. Some employers provide no training on…

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What is Cyber Harassment?

What is Cyber Harassment? When you think of cyberbullying and harassment, you may think of teens and young adults as the victims. After all, technology use has made internet harassment easier. While 70% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have been the target of cyber harassment, cyberbullying is also common in…

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Are Severance Payments Required When Laid Off?

While the economy is good at the moment, some companies are not so lucky. Some businesses cannot compete in the current market. As a result, many are forced to close down, leaving employees without jobs and income. Layoffs happen in companies of all sizes. Nobody is immune. Many employees are under the impression that they…

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Are Unpaid Internships Legal?

The job market is highly competitive, and prospective employees are looking for any edge they can get when it comes to getting hired for a great job at a great company. While having the right education and skills can help, many people are taking it a step further and applying for unpaid internships. As the…

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Can My Employer Make Me Take a Drug Test?

Many employees have drug testing policies in place. After all, employers do not want to hire workers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As an employee, you may wonder about your rights when it comes to employment drug testing. Can your employer randomly test you for drugs? If so, can you refuse…

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Can Employers Ask for Access to Social Media Profiles?

In the past decade, social media has taken over the lives of Americans. It is difficult to find someone who does not use social media on a regular basis. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram are all the rage among people of all ages. With social media so popular, sometimes lines are crossed when it comes…

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Understanding Religious Discrimination: What is Considered Religion Under Federal Law?

The First Amendment allows every American religious freedom. We all have the right to practice whatever religion we choose, whether it be Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, or some other recognized religious practice. When it comes to practicing religion in the workplace, Americans are also protected in that regard. Religious discrimination is not tolerated in…

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How Do Social Security & Disability Work If I’m Paid Under the Table?

Many New Yorker’s are paid under the table for work. This means they are paid cash by the employer. Neither the employer nor the employee pays taxes on the money earned. They do this to save money in the short-term, but this practice can have long-term implications. Your eligibility for unemployment benefits, Social Security, and…

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