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Understanding Music Royalties

The music industry is an economic powerhouse, earning a revenue of $20.2 billion in 2019 alone.  Despite its monstrous success, the heart and soul of the music industry – recording artists, songwriters, composers and publishers – often leave a substantial amount of money on the table.  The question is: “why?”  The answer – difficulty in

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How Can the WARN Act Protect You as an Employee?

Millions of Americans have been laid off over the last few months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  If you are an employee who has recently been laid off, you should become familiar with the federal and state WARN laws, as they may offer protection, depending on the circumstances of your lay-off. The WARN Act,

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No Automatic Right to Severance Pay in New York

When a layoff or termination occurs, one of the most common questions to arise is whether the employee is entitled to severance (or separation) pay.  Employees may be anxious to get any compensation they can, while employers may be looking to limit their responsibility or offer severance packages on their own terms.  The most important thing to note

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Gay and Transgender Rights Protected from Employment Discrimination

In New York City, New York State and 21 other states, an individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity is protected from employment discrimination based on state and local law.  Under federal law, however, LGBTQ individuals’ protection from employment discrimination depended on what federal circuit they lived in. On Monday, the Supreme Court announced in a 6-3

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How are Transgender Rights Protected in Employment?

Discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and transgender status is prohibited by both New York City and New York State statutory law. However, under federal law, the protection of transgender rights is more complicated. Some federal appellate courts have held that transgender discrimination falls under the umbrella of “sex discrimination,” which federal law prohibits.

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What is the Statute of Limitations in Employment Law Claims?

The right to bring a claim arising from an employer’s violation of a labor and employment law is subject to time limits, known as statutes of limitations. The applicable statute of limitations varies depending on the type of claim and where the claim is brought. A complaint can be filed with a federal, state, or

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Religious Discrimination in Employment

Updated: January, 25, 2021 Federal, state and many local laws prohibit discrimination against individuals based on their religious beliefs, in hiring, firing or any other terms and conditions of employment.  Such laws apply to those who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs, as well as atheists or agnostics.  Discriminatory acts include any type of

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Age Discrimination in Employment

Many people think of age discrimination as only affecting the elderly. However, the age at which an employee is protected from discrimination impacts a significant portion of the working population under federal law.  New York law takes a step further safeguarding most employees regardless of age.  The best way to minimize age discrimination claims is to understand

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Understanding New York’s Sexual Harassment Laws

If you’re an employer in New York, you may have heard about some recent updates to sexual harassment prevention laws.  Both New York City and New York State have cracked down on sexual harassment in the workplace by expanding the scope of protection under their new laws.  Both sets of laws require employers to put

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