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How to Terminate an Employee

Terminating an employee is not an easy task. Employers dread this situation because it often becomes emotional. Nobody wants to lose their job and have to deal with the stress and financial difficulties that ensue. However, most employment is at-will, meaning that either the employee or employer can end employment at any time. This does…

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Undocumented Workers’ Rights in NYC

In 2014, there were 1.15 million undocumented immigrants in NYC and the surrounding areas. While many people seem to believe that these immigrants are stealing jobs from Americans, they are actually doing the jobs Americans do not want to do. Because of their immigration status, undocumented workers are often discriminated against and treated poorly. They…

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How can Managers Improve Employee Satisfaction With the Feedback Process?

When many people hear the word “feedback,” their first instinct is to recoil in horror. After all, “feedback” is often synonymous with criticism, and nobody wants to be ripped apart by a loved one, customer, or employer. Feedback, however, is necessary in today’s world—both as an employee and as an employer. Many employers seem to…


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Weight Discrimination in the Workplace

When you think of discrimination, images of employees being harassed because of their age, gender, or sexual orientation may come to mind. However, not much is discussed about another common type of discrimination: weight discrimination. The reality is that many employers are choosing workers based on their appearance. In fact, 5% of men and 10%…


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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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