Minimum Wage: Your Rights as an Employee in New York

New York’s labor laws provide employees with numerous basic workplace protections, including minimum wage. All private-sector employees—except for outside salespeople, babysitters, taxi drivers, camp counselors and people employed in a professional, executive or administrative capacity—are entitled to minimum wage, which is currently set at $9.70 an hour.

The Rights of Domestic Workers in New York State

Under the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, individuals are considered domestic workers if they work in another person’s home to care for children or an elderly person, to keep house (cooking and/or cleaning) or perform any other domestic jobs, such as gardening or making repairs. Therefore, most people who work directly for another […]

Proposed Federal Right-to-Work Law Would Threaten Labor Unions Nationwide

H.R. 785, a bill introduced by Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina), would allow workers nationwide to opt out of paying union dues or fees, even when receiving the benefits of a union-negotiated contract. These so-called right-to-work laws currently exist in 27 states, and Congress is pushing to implement a similar measure at a national level.

New York Revokes Payroll Debit Card Rules, Implements Pay Transparency Regulations

In September 2016, the New York Department of Labor (NYDOL) published a new rule outlining requirements for using direct deposit consent forms and payment via payroll debit card. That rule was scheduled to go into effect March 7, 2017. However, in the weeks before the implementation, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeal invalidated and revoked the rule, leaving the state without any regulations on the use of payroll debit cards.