In 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law which applies in all states, and sets the floor for regulations concerning wages, overtime, and hourly work. The FLSA allows individual states to pass laws that go further than the federal law, extending the law more generously in favor of employees.
Secretary Trump’s original pick for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, formally dropped out of consideration in February, the day before his confirmation hearing, after attacks from opponents about his questionable record on wage and hour claims, his criticism of anti-immigration rhetoric in his party, and suspicions that he would have dismantled the protections afforded to workers through the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
If you are an undocumented worker, you face a number of challenges in the workplace that documented laborers and U.S. citizens do not experience.
As labor law attorneys, our clients often ask us whether their employer can fire them in retaliation for filing a claim for unpaid wages.
Confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, continues to face delays related to his ongoing ties with his fast-food restaurant chain.
Most New York employees brought in the New Year oblivious to a minimum wage increase worthy of a midnight toast.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) generally requires that employees receive extra over time pay calculated at time and one-half (or 150%) of their regular rate of pay for each hour worked in over 40 hours in a week. However, the FLSA does not require that overtime pay be paid to employees who perform “executive,” “administrative,” or “professional” work. These are known as the “white collar” exemptions.
On April 4, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law which will significantly increase the minimum wage in New York State from the current rate of $9, to $15 by the end of 2018 for many businesses in New York City, and to $15 by the end of 2021 for the New York City commuter counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester. The minimum wage for the remainder of the state will reach $12.50 by the end of 2020. In enacting this law, New York joins California as the only two states in the country, which have instituted a $15 minimum wage.
A recent New York Times article discussed new regulations related to minimum wage, which impacts workers throughout the state.
President Obama’s imminent changes to overtime rules (recently discussed on our blog), which would have raised the minimum salary for an employee to be considered “exempt” (and thus not entitled to overtime) from $23,660 to $47,476, has been blocked by a federal judge.
Even if you don’t follow financial news regularly, you may be aware of a story that recently made headlines across the country.