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Microsoft says it takes sexual harrassment seriously

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Friday, March 23, 2018

From July 2016 to June 2017, Microsoft’s chief people officer said that the company received 83 complaints of sexual harassment in the United States. Furthermore, she claimed that nearly half were found to be partially or fully supported following an investigation. The memo was believed to be an effort to show people in New York… Read more »

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Timing of termination decision critical for employer’s court win

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Most employers in New York understand the delicacy of terminating a worker who has taken or requested a leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. A recent case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit highlights the importance of documenting nondiscriminatory reasons before firing someone approved for medical leave. The federal appeals… Read more »

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Up-to-date wage payment policies help employers avoid lawsuits

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Employers in the New York area who do not have up-to-date wage payment policies would do well to give the matter serious thought in light of a recent court case heard in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. In the case, an employee who worked as branch administrator sued her… Read more »

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Restaurants face growing scrutiny for wage and hour law problems

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Restaurants in New York, especially those that provide delivery services, could benefit from a review of their payment practices. Legal complaints from drivers for pizza restaurants have been on the rise because of alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Although the law does not directly state how delivery drivers should be compensated, lawsuits… Read more »

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How to handle employee relationships

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Friday, February 23, 2018

It isn’t uncommon for employees from the same company to begin romantic relationships with each other. However, employers in New York and around the country are taking steps to ensure that the business is protected if the relationship goes bad. For instance, some companies are asking employees to sign documents saying that each party consented… Read more »

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How employers should deal with workplace harassment

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Monday, February 19, 2018

Companies in New York can take steps to protect themselves against harassment suits by strengthening their anti-harassment policies in a number of ways. For example, a policy should clearly state that reports can be made not just by people who are harassed but by those who witness harassment as well. Furthermore, employees should understand that… Read more »

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How employers can approach sexual harassment issues

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Some New York employers might have an issue with sexual harassment in the workplace and not realize it. According to the results of one survey conducted by CareerBuilder, almost three-fourths of people who are sexually harassed at work never report it. This failure to report harassment can ultimately hurt the employer. A pattern of misconduct… Read more »

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Court says that workweeks can be used for FLSA calculations

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Friday, February 9, 2018

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires most employers in New York and around the country to pay their workers at a rate at least equal to the federal minimum wage, but the landmark 1938 law does not provide clear instructions for calculating wages and hours. Several federal courts have ruled that employers may base these… Read more »

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New workplace rights for 2018

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Thursday, February 1, 2018

As sure as that football team from New England always seems to be in the Super Bowl, New York will always have new labor laws. When you’re a smaller employer, you are wearing a number of hats and it can be difficult to keep up with workplace legislation. Here’s an overview of the workplace requirements for 2018:… Read more »

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Labor Department adopts primary beneficiary test for interns

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Monday, January 29, 2018

The primary beneficiary test emphasizes a seven-factor test that was first elucidated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. It is non-exhaustive and requires all factors to be considered overall, with none being determinative. These factors include the understandings of the parties, the type of training provided, the connection to formal education,… Read more »

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