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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.

Work with experienced legal counsel in pursuing retaliation claims

We’ve been looking in our last couple posts at the former Google engineer fired after publishing his memo criticizing the company’s diversity policy. In particular, we’ve been looking at the potential strength of a retaliation claim in his case, noting the differences in causation standards under federal and state law.

Could former Google engineer have a valid retaliation claim? P.2

Previously, we noted about the case of former Google engineer James Damore that the strength of any retaliation claim he might make would likely depend on whether Google had knowledge of the complaint he made to the National Labor Relations Board prior to his termination, as well as the extent to which Google was motivated by the complaint in its decision to fire him.

Employees: know and protect your leave rights under federal, state law, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at some of the basic protections available to workers in terms of family and medical leave at both the state and the federal level. As we noted, the state of New York is progressive in this area, guaranteeing up to 12 weeks of paid family leave for most employees. Additional protections may apply at the local level.

Employees: know and protect your leave rights under federal, state law

Family and medical leave is an important issue nowadays, particularly with Americans starting families later in life and an increasing aging population. While some workers are lucky enough to have an employer who provides paid family and medical leave, not everybody is. This is because federal law doesn’t require employers to provide paid leave, at least not yet.

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