Under the regulations mandated through the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), most American workers are entitled to a minimum wage and overtime wages for any hours worked beyond the standard 40 in a single calendar week. By violating these or various other wage or labor laws, employers may commit wage and hour violations that can lead to significant penalties.
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.
As an employee, there is a chance you will be asked to sign an NDA for various reasons, including when you’ve been hired to a new position. This legally enforceable contract establishes a confidential relationship between the person signing the document and the person or organization creating it.
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 […]
According to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the labor federation will file a lawsuit if the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) attempts to weaken any of the new overtime eligibility rules established by the administration of former President Barack Obama.
Under both state and federal law, employers have a responsibility to maintain a reasonably safe work environment for their employees. If workers get injured while performing their job duties and can prove their injuries were a result of employer negligence, they could seek workers’ compensation benefits or, in certain cases, file a personal injury claim.
A newly released survey from the Pew Research Center indicates most Americans support paid family and medical leave. However, relatively few workers across the United States actually have access to those benefits, and that access can vary widely depending on the industry and the size and type of the employer.
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.