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Academic Freedom for Teachers

While tenured teachers have to follow the policies their schools have in place, they also have the right to academic freedom. Academic freedom allows teachers to teach students without interference from school officials. This means that while teachers must focus on specific subjects, they can teach them in a way that suits them while ensuring…

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Can an Employer Withhold a Paycheck?

You may have just received notice that you will be laid off in a couple weeks. Maybe you are planning to quit your job. Both of these situations can bring about concerns regarding pay, since many us live from one paycheck to the next. Will you receive your final paycheck on your last working day…

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Is Overtime Pay Required for Holiday, Weekend or Night Work?

If you’re an employee or employer, it’s a good idea to understand overtime laws. Overtime laws can be confusing for workers. Some people don’t think they’re entitled to receive overtime pay, while others think they are eligible for it simply by working on the weekends or in the evenings. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act…

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Can Employees Pray at Work?

Many people consider themselves very religious and practice their beliefs everywhere—even at work. However, some religions have strict rules regarding dress and prayer, and these rules may conflict with your work duties. If you are religious and want to practice your religion in the workplace, you generally should be allowed to do so as long…

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Internal vs. External Whistleblowing

Sometimes we witness certain actions in the workplace that cause us to be concerned. You might see a co-worker get harassed by another co-worker. Perhaps you notice a dangerous situation that can cause someone to get injured. Maybe you see an employee embezzle money from the safe. It’s easy to keep going on with your…

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The Benefits of Mediation in the Workplace

Are you having an issue regarding overtime pay with your employer? Do you believe you were wrongfully terminated from your job? If so, you may be inclined to file a lawsuit against your employer. While litigation is effective and can help you achieve the outcome you desire, there are other alternatives you may consider Battling…

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Employment and Wage Laws Related to Tips

Unfortunately, not all workers are paid fairly. Those in the service industry, in particular, tend to be underpaid because they receive two types of compensation: hourly wages and tips. Employers are often confused by tip laws. A tip is defined as extra money, beyond the total charges of the bill, to compensate workers for their…

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Wrongful Termination: What You Need to Know

New York, like many other states, is an employment at will state. This means that an employer can fire you without cause—for the most part. There are exceptions to every rule. In some cases, employers use the “employment at will” excuse to discriminate against an employee. This is called wrongful termination and it is against…

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Managing Cell Phones in the Classroom

Cell phones in school is an issue that teachers didn’t have to deal with in the past. But with nearly 80 percent of teens using cell phones on a regular basis, educators must now focus on ways to turn their students’ attention to learning. They may resort to confiscating students’ phones and looking through them….

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New York Lunch Break Laws

Employers have many rules that they must abide by when it comes to their employees, and one of them is implementing lunch break laws that are in accordance with state law. Labor Law Section 162 sets forth the requirements for breaks at work based on type of employment and hours worked. This law applies to…

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