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A Change to the Law Regarding Prevailing Wages for Public Work A Change to the Law Regarding Prevailing Wages for Public Work If you have been following the buzz regarding the proposed changes to existing New York State Labor Law, then you’re probably interested to know what exactly those changes are. First, a procedural note…

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Let Them Eat Cake:  Supreme Court Fails to Decide Underlying Civil Rights Issues in Masterpiece Let Them Eat Cake: Supreme Court Fails to Decide Underlying Civil Rights Issues in Masterpiece* On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) rendered a highly-anticipated decision in the now infamous case Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd., v….

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DACA Program May Resume in 90 Days    A federal court in Washington D.C. ruled yesterday (4/24/18) that the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has ninety (90) days to justify its rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program or the recession will be vacated in full.  The case can be found here:…

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Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace A heightened sensitivity to sexual harassment in the workplace is forcing employers to ask themselves what else they can do to prevent sexual harassment over and above having a policy in their employee handbooks. Studies have shown that more interactive and frequent workshops aimed at preventing and educating employees…

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Proposed New Labor Rules Regarding Employee Scheduling New regulations are currently being considered by the New York State Department of Labor that impact employees and employers alike. The proposed regulations will require, among other things, that an employee whose shift is cancelled within 72 hours of the scheduled start time be paid for at least…

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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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