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How employers reduce the odds of a lawsuit

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Monday, September 25, 2017

Sexual harassment lawsuits may cost New York employers a lot of money. They may also act to tarnish a company’s brand. Therefore, it is critical for employers to take steps to prevent such lawsuits from occurring. In some cases, it may be as easy as updating corporate policy related to sexual harassment in the workplace…. Read more »

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Proposed overtime salary threshold increase blocked by court

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Business owners in New York might be interested in learning that the Obama-era wage-and-hour rule that would have increased the salary threshold for overtime eligibility to $47,000 per year was blocked by a federal court. A judge in Texas stated that the salary threshold was simply too high and would result in many managers being… Read more »

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Consequences of not being compliant with wage laws

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Monday, September 11, 2017

New York employers face the additional burden of complying with New York State’s wage and hour laws.  Like the Fair Labor Standards Act, the New York State Labor Law sanctions employers for not paying time and a half for all hours worked over 40 hours in a week and awards liquidated damages in many circumstances…. Read more »

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Overtime policies need to address remote and online work

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Technology frees many people from their desks. This mobility, however, can complicate issues about overtime for nonexempt employees. New York employers should make sure that their overtime policies specifically address work done after hours by email, text or telephone conversation. A company should describe whether the activity is permitted, and, if so, how an employee… Read more »

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Pre-litigation FLSA settlements don’t need approval

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New Yorkers whose employers have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act sometimes are able to negotiate settlements with them before any litigation is filed. A recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York says that these pre-litigation settlements do not need to be reported to and approved by the… Read more »

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What the law says about protected speech in the workplace

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Friday, August 18, 2017

New York residents may heard about the former Google engineer who was terminated after posting a controversial memo online to a company forum. In the memo, the employee claimed that women were not as capable of being leaders in the tech industry compared to men. The memo also made comments about Google programs that are… Read more »

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Court rules in favor of employer keeping server’s tips

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New York employers might be intrigued by the U.S Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s ruling against a server who sued her employer for keeping tips. The server argued that she was entitled to a portion of the tips paid by customers. However, a lower court ruled in favor of the employer, and the… Read more »

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Completing non-tipped work under the 80/20 rule

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Friday, August 4, 2017

In the state of New York, many waitresses and waiters who work at restaurants make their income through tips. When these workers are required by employers to also complete an exorbitant amount of non-tipped work, they could be making essentially less than minimum wage. To prevent this, the 80/20 rule exists. The 80/20 rule, fostered by… Read more »

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How employers can avoid asking illegal interview questions

On behalf of Egan Law Firm, LLC on Thursday, July 27, 2017

Despite occasional market jitters, the employment market continues to grow as we near the end of the summer. According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, hiring in June topped analysts’ expectations, with 222,000 jobs added last month. This was the strongest month-to-month increase since February, and given the market conditions, it would not be… Read more »

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