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November 2017

How to pay workers when the weather is bad

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New York residents tend to celebrate the holidays with food and family. However, they may also celebrate with a fresh coat of snow on the ground. In some cases, the snow makes it impossible to operate a business. If an employer decides to close because of bad weather, exempt employees are generally still entitled to… Read more »

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Changes may be coming to tipped pooling rules

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Thursday, November 16, 2017

In October 2017, the Department of Labor created a proposal that would rescind a 2011 rule related to tip pooling. That rule forbids employers in New York and other parts of the country from forcing workers who aren’t paid minimum wage from sharing tips with those who typically don’t receive them. The proposal from the… Read more »

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Prepare for the annual minimum wage increase

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Whenever the minimum wage increases, small businesses tend to take the biggest hit. Finding where that extra money will come from isn’t easy. Thanks to New York’s minimum wage law, which first went into effect last year, wages increase for the next four years until they reach $15/hour (or $10/hour for a tipped wage). On December… Read more »

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Bad interviews and discrimination lawsuits

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Employers in New York are usually quite aware of anti-discrimination laws. In response, workplace management often establishes procedures that can prevent bias from taking place during hiring, advancement and retention practices. In some cases, however, an applicant or employee may still perceive an injustice and file a lawsuit or complaint against the employer. In one case decided… Read more »

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The FLSA and how it applies to public and private employers

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

In New York, both public and private employers are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act. There are differences between how the law applies, however. It is important for employers to understand the rules for their particular types of businesses so that they can avoid potential liability. Private employers that meet the enterprise test are covered… Read more »

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How employers can guard against charges of bias

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Friday, November 3, 2017

Employers in New York and across the United States are prevented by federal law from discriminating against employees on the basis of race, sex, age, religion and some other factors. However, some employers may engage in perfectly legal behavior that could be perceived as discrimination. Companies can protect themselves against unfair charges of discrimination by… Read more »

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