A Look at the Most Common Wage-Hour Violations

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.

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 […]

Employers Have Responsibility to Maintain Reasonably Safe Work Environments for Employees

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.

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.

What Rights Do Employers Have to Issue Background Checks?

It’s important for employers to ensure their compliance with laws and regulations that protect employees from discrimination. Employers may not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, disability, genetic information or age, among other protected classes. Additionally, when performing background checks, employers must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.

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.