Restrictive Covenants in the Medical Industry

healthcare lawyer Long IslandRestrictive employment covenants are typically disfavored by law, as they can be burdensome to the employee and prohibit them from making a decent living after the termination of a former job. However, restrictive covenants in the medical industry are highly enforceable in some ways.

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Choosing the Right Classification of Worker for Your Business

business lawyer Long IslandStarting a new business or joining a currently existing business can bring a few challenges. One challenge that arises comes from the hiring process. There are multiple types of workers that can work for you. These can include Full-time Employees, Part-time Employees, Interns, and Independent Contractors. Continue reading “Choosing the Right Classification of Worker for Your Business”

Proposed New York City Legislation Seeks to End Requirement of After-Hours Work Communications

New York business lawyerDo employees have the right to disconnect? Rafael Espinal, a New York City council member from Brooklyn, thinks so. On March 22, 2018, Councilman Espinal introduced a bill that would make it illegal for employers to require employees to access work-related communications when they are off duty, on vacation, using personal days, or off sick. These communications can include, but not limited to, emails, text messages, and instant messenger services. Continue reading “Proposed New York City Legislation Seeks to End Requirement of After-Hours Work Communications”

What Employers Need to Know About New York’s Anti-Discrimination Laws

New York employees are protected against employment discrimination under federal, state and local laws. Several federal laws extend protection against discrimination to employees. The most prominent law is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. Both the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) and the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) extend employee protections to more categories than federal law. Continue reading “What Employers Need to Know About New York’s Anti-Discrimination Laws”

NY Paid Family Leave to Apply to All Private Businesses, Regardless of Size

Garden City business and employment lawyerOn January 1, 2018, New York State’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFL) will go into effect. Under the legislation, PFL will be a mandatory benefit in New York that will provide paid time off to employees to bond with their new child, care for a seriously ill loved one, or to address family issues that may arise due to a qualifying military exigency, while protecting their employment. PFL is designed to phase in over four years, increasing annually in weeks available and max percentage of average weekly wage. Continue reading “NY Paid Family Leave to Apply to All Private Businesses, Regardless of Size”

Job Applicant’s Salary History Off the Table in the Interview Process

Recently, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law that prohibits all New York City employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history. The bill, Intro 1253, is an expansion of the Mayor’s original Executive Order 21 that was signed in November 2016 and includes both private and public employers. According to Mayor de Blasio this legislation seeks to combat the discriminatory pre-hiring procedures that negatively impact women and minorities. Continue reading “Job Applicant’s Salary History Off the Table in the Interview Process”

New York Law to Protect Freelance Workers Goes Into Effect

Freelance Isn't Free Act business lawyerNew York City is the first city to implement a law to protect its 1.3 million freelance workers against nonpayment. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act (FIFA) mandates that employers sign a contract for freelance work that is valued at $800 or more, either for a single job or total services contracted within a 120-day period. The contracts must include the date the freelancer will receive payment; if they do not include the date of payment, businesses must compensate the freelancer within 30 days of completing the work. FIFA seeks to protect freelance workers against employer retaliation and can increase financial consequences for employers who violate the new rules. Continue reading “New York Law to Protect Freelance Workers Goes Into Effect”

New York Employer Guidelines for Wage Garnishment

Wage Garnishment New YorkWhen an employee does not pay off his or her debt, a creditor may turn to wage garnishment as a means of collecting the money that is owed. Under New York State law, creditors are restricted in the amount that they can garnish from an employee’s wages for repayment of debt. It is important that New York employers accurately and appropriately manage wage garnishment while remaining in compliance with the law. Continue reading “New York Employer Guidelines for Wage Garnishment”

Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Orders Intended to Eliminate Wage Gap

With the gender wage gap only improving by 8% in the last 20 years, New York Governor Andrew
Cuomo signed two executive orders aimed at decreasing the wage gap between men and women. The executive orders which were signed on January 11, 2017 come at a time where New York State women are making only 89% of their male counterparts. Women of color see the largest gap in wages as compared to their white male counterparts. By the signing of the two executive orders governor Cuomo hopes to level the playing field for women who are applying for new jobs. Continue reading “Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Orders Intended to Eliminate Wage Gap”

Woman Who Uses a Gestational Surrogate Sues Verizon For Workplace Discrimination

FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act)Marybeth Walz has filed a lawsuit in Boston federal court against Verizon Network Solutions, of Basking Ridge, where she worked as a salesperson, earning $170,000. Ms. Walz has filed suit for improperly handling her untraditional method of having a child. The complaint accuses Verizon of pregnancy, disability, and sex discrimination, as well as employer retaliation and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Continue reading “Woman Who Uses a Gestational Surrogate Sues Verizon For Workplace Discrimination”