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Understanding LGBT Family Leave

Nowadays, members of the LGBT community are more comfortable “coming out” to their loved ones and even to their work colleagues. There are currently 325 million people in the United States, with an estimated 4% of them members of the LGBT community. This means that 13 million Americans identify as being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or…


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New York Holiday Pay Policy

Christmas is upon us, and many workers are making plans to take time off for the holidays to spend time with loved ones. Many people get the day off on Christmas, but they may wonder: Will they get paid for taking this time off? Under New York State Labor Law, employees are not required to…


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Sexual Misconduct News: Google Walkout

Sexual harassment can happen in any workplace, which is why every company needs to have set procedures in place for dealing with these situations. There are good and bad ways to handle sexual harassment claims in the workplace. In most cases, the offenders are reprimanded or even fired. But what if the offenders are fired…


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What is an Adjunct Professor? What is a Tenured Professor?

If you are a college student, you have likely heard of adjunct and tenured professors, but what are they and how is one different from the other? To sum it up, tenured professors get academic freedom and a decent salary, while adjunct faculty gets paid much less with no job security. You may wonder why…

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Bereavement Pay Laws and Requirements

You may be entitled to various benefits from your company, such as health benefits, vacation pay and the ability to telecommute. But what happens if a loved one dies? Will you get paid for taking time off to grieve? There answer is, it depends. There currently is no state or federal law requiring that New…


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Employee Favoritism Laws

In an ideal world, an employer would pay employee wages and benefits based on their job performance. However, this is not always how it works. Sometimes managers hire friends and family members and decide to play favorites with them, even though they may not be the best employees. Instead, hard-working employees are often shunned or…

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Disaster Unemployment: Benefits for Natural Disaster Relief

The United States has seen some horrible disasters in 2018 alone. Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael have ravaged the east coast, particularly Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Wildfires in California have burned hundreds of thousands of acres, leaving thousands of people without homes. Many have died from these disasters. In many cases, companies…


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Drug Testing for Marijuana in New York

Drug laws can be complicated, especially with medical marijuana and recreational marijuana in the mix. While you would not think of coming to work drunk, even though alcohol use is legal, many people seem to think that showing up to work impaired by marijuana is acceptable. When it comes to marijuana, what is considered impaired?…

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Freelancer and Independent Contractor Law

Sometimes it can be hard for a person to hold a regular 9-5 job due to their schedule. Many people enjoy working from home at their convenience because they have family duties, a lack of transportation, or other obligations. Because of this, many people pick up freelance work. Freelancing is becoming quite popular. Many of…

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, making this the perfect opportunity to recognize those who work hard despite their differing abilities. Millions of Americans suffer from mental and physical disabilities that can make employment challenging. Fortunately, there are many companies that go out of their way to hire these workers and accommodate their different…

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