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Employment Changes to Expect in 2018 In New York State we have three employment changes to prepare for in 2018 that both employees and employers should be aware of: 1) minimum wage increases starting December 31, 2017; 2) paid family leave going into effect on January 1, 2018; and 3) an anti-bullying in the workplace…

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Exemptions to Minimum Wage and Overtime Law for Farms  Did you know that agricultural labor is not required to be paid overtime and, in some cases, not even minimum wage? That’s right.  The exemptions fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which New York’s Labor Law follows (see 12 NYCRR 142-2.2).  Sections 213(a)(6) and…

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DACA UPDATE: Was your DACA Renewal Denied due to Postal Delays? According to a memo issued by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) on November 15, 2017, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) renewal applications that were mailed before the October 5th deadline but that were not actually received until after the deadline due…

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Planeando por sus Hijos Menores de Edad y Bienes en caso de Deportación Inmigrantes indocumentados preocupados con los recientes Ordenes Ejecutivos del Presidente Trump que autorizan deportación de cualquier persona que esta fuera de estatus inmigratorio, aunque no tengan antecedentes criminales, se recomiende que planean por el cuidado de sus niños menores de edad y…

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Sanctuary Cities and Jurisdictions What is a sanctuary jurisdiction? There is no legal definition, but a sanctuary city or jurisdiction is generally a municipality that either refuses to implement federal immigration law or limits local law enforcement’s implementation of federal immigration law and cooperation with federal immigration agencies.  Some sanctuary jurisdictions have made verbal promises…

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An Update on the Immigrant Affairs Initiative in Orange County, NY Back in August 2016, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office launched an “Immigrant Affairs Initiative” to help victims of crime feel safe assisting law enforcement without fear of being reported to immigration officials.  The DA’s Office held an information session on the new program…

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