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Do Employers Have to Pay Overtime?

If you work long hours in New York, you may wonder if you are being paid fairly. Overtime laws apply to most workers, but when exactly does overtime kick in and how much should someone be paid? Who is exempt from overtime laws? Overtime often applies to hourly workers and is based on the number…


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Can You be Fired for Whistleblowing?

Many employees are scared to report issues in the workplace, such as discrimination, harassment, wage and hour disputes, and safety violations. Why? Because they are afraid of getting fired. As sad as it may seem, making a complaint about the workplace can cause an employer to fire an individual in an effort to silence them…


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New York State Adopts New Laws to Combat Discrimination and Harassment

In an effort to reduce discrimination and harassment in workplaces across New York State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently passed several bills. Some of these bills are amendments to laws that were passed last year. These bills are in place to give added protections to employees. Therefore, New York employers will need to be aware…


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Reporting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

In an ideal world, we would all feel comfortable around our supervisors and co-workers in the workplace. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes women—and even men—are sexually harassed by those with whom they work. They may have to deal with flirting, unwanted touching, sexually explicit comments and jokes, and other actions that make…


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What Laws Protect Employees From Discrimination?

The most important thing for an employer should be how well an employee performs. However, this is not always the case. Discrimination is rampant among employers, as companies discriminate against employees due to factors such as age, race, gender, disability, and other factors beyond a person’s control.  This is illegal. There are many laws in…

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What is Paid Family Leave?

Making the decision to have a child and continue working is difficult for working parents. Many couples want to have children, but cannot afford to stop working and care for their children full time. This is why some states have Paid Family Leave policies in place. New York has the strongest Paid Family Leave policy…

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Is Workplace Bullying Illegal?

When you think of bullying, you may think of kids in middle school or high school. Unfortunately, bullying is a behavior that can continue well into adulthood. In fact, bullying is a huge problem in workplaces across the country—so much that legislators are creating laws to combat the issue. Bullying is often based on discrimination…

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What Constitutes Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Sexual harassment is an issue that is still plaguing workplaces across the country. Workers should be free to perform their work duties in peace, but many are harassed by co-workers and managers solely based on their sex. Sexual harassment is illegal. Sexual harassment may include requests for sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, and any type…

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What is a Mandatory Arbitration Agreement?

You may have signed a mandatory arbitration agreement with your employer and not even know it. As part of a job offer or bonus, tens of millions of Americans are forced to sign such documents. Amazon, GE, Ford and Coca-Cola are examples of companies that require these agreements. While you may not think much about…


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What is At-Will Employment?

The United States is one of just several countries that operates under the at-will employment doctrine. What this means is that an employer can fire an employee for any reason, except for one that is prohibited by law. Likewise, an employee can quit a job at any time, for any reason. Neither party would face…


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