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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paid family leave is coming to New York. As of Jan. 1, 2018, a new law takes effect that officials in Albany describe as a "pivotal next step in the pursuit of equality and dignity in both the workplace and home."
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.
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.