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NYC moves to create minimum wage for ride-share drivers

New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission has proposed rules that would set a minimum hourly wage for drivers at Lyft, Uber, Via and Juno, the major ride-sharing apps in the area. Cities around the world have been struggling to deal with the challenge presented by the apps' business model.

When managers refuse to cooperate with FMLA leave requests

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for qualifying employees. Workers can take this leave to care for their own serious health condition or that of a family member, to bond with a new addition to the family, or to deal with certain exigencies arising out of a family member's active-duty military service. More unpaid leave is available to care for injured or ill military family members.

Caution: A complete ban on moonlighting could be unenforceable

There are a number of good reasons why companies may wish to restrict their employees from working second jobs. Moonlighting can be tiring, and some employees may become less productive as a result. In particular industries, a fatigued worker can be a safety risk.

Supreme Court approves individual arbitration clauses for workers

Some 56 percent of non-union, private sector workers in the U.S. are subject to an individual arbitration clause in their employment contract. In other words, they cannot band together in a class action but must bring any employment-related claim in individual arbitration. Perhaps tens of millions of people are therefore barred from what is often the most effective method of challenging illegality in their workplaces.

DOL considering changing rules for distribution of pooled tips

The U.S. Department of Labor is considering an important rule change. It is mostly geared toward expanding the group of people who could participate in tip-sharing pools, but it could have a surprising secondary effect. If passed as currently written, it would allow employers to simply keep all tips received.

Was your work injury actually caused by a labor law violation?

A work-related injury, no matter how serious, can affect your life. You could be left with medical bills or even the inability to continue working due to an accident on the job. Although your first thought might be to file a worker's compensation claim, some injuries might not be mere accidents.

New York State Paid Family Leave benefits started January 1st

One of the biggest changes of the New Year for New Yorkers is the start of the New York State Paid Family Leave (NYPFL). Under the new leave law, eligible private sector employees can take up to eight weeks of paid family leave. The program phases in over the next four years. Other states offering paid family leave are California, Rhode Island and New Jersey.

A new era for paid family leave for New Yorkers

Starting this week, paid family leave in New York follows a new set of rules, considered by many to be a boon for both employers hoping to retain and support employees, and employees needing time and support when a new family member is born, or when serious medical problems arise.

What does the block on the overtime rule mean for business?

In the midst of the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey, and prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irma, a flicker of other news might have caught the eyes of employers and employees in New York City. A federal judge in Texas issued his final decision blocking implementation of a federal rule that would have raised overtime pay.

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