Many employees can look forward to spending more time with their loved ones in 2018. The New York State Paid Family Leave program went into effect on January 1, 2018. The program will now provide New Yorkers paid leave to care for a newborn child, a close relative with a serious health condition, or assist
By: Anjana Puri Question: “I’ve recently been diagnosed with a disease. It may affect the way I do my job. I work for a large company. I’m scared that I’ll be fired if I tell my boss about my condition. Is there anything that my Company needs to do to help me? – Wurreed M.
By: Anjana Puri Let’s face it – running a business is tough, and its needs may change as the business develops. If you find yourself exploiting a different market than initially anticipated or losing money, you may have to reassess your staffing needs. In some cases, you may find yourself faced with the hard decision
By: Shaliz Sadig Maybe you’re looking for some help around the office or shop and you receive applications from some bright high school students. Maybe you have a friend who wants you to do them a favor and take on their teenaged son or daughter as a summer intern. Whatever the situation may be, there
By: Shaliz Sadig and Stephanie Westerman Misclassification of a worker occurs when an employer improperly treats an employee as an independent contractor or other nonemployee. It happens all the time. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes by mistake. But regardless of how and why, worker worker misclassification is a serious and potentially costly matter for both workers and
By: Rose Massary New York City is brimming with young professionals looking to gain experience, sharpen their professional skills and build their resumes. But, can you legally hire interns to work free? They get the experience and you get the benefit of another set of hands in the office, right? WRONG! Under federal law, interns
By: Rose Massary Many people mistakenly believe that if they hire someone to create something for them, it is automatically considered a “work for hire.” Whether you own a small business and are engaging a graphic designer to develop logos and website content, or a production company seeking a director for a new feature film,
By: Shaliz Sadig From small start-ups, to large corporations, to non-profits: the significant increase in the inclusion of non-competition clauses in employment agreements is staggering. A concept often associated with high level executives, the clause has become prolific throughout the corporate ladder. The goal is to avoid unfair competition. A non-compete clause, sometimes referred to
By: Domenic Romano and Josh Wueller On March 20, 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed amendments to New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act into law. The new regulations took effect on April 1, 2014. The revised law impacts half a million more employees than the initial legislation passed back in June 2013. City workers
By: Domenic Romano and Josh Wueller Peter Ohr, the Chicago regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), has dismantled the long-held “student-athlete” classification for Northwestern University football players. In his decision this Wednesday, Ohr found that scholarship football recruits are employees, opening the door for the unionization of collegiate football players at private
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