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Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – June 7, 2019 Registration is required. Click here to register. Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Seminar Business owners and their employees, including new hires, who have not completed the mandatory New York State Sexual Harassment Prevention training are invited to attend this training. Get your questions answered by an experienced employment…

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Are you really an independent contractor? There is often a lot of confusion surrounding whether someone is an independent contractor or an employee. The correct classification is determined by each given specific situation, but there are a number of factors that can be used to help guide the determination. The analysis hinges on the level…

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Paid Family Leave In 2019, eligible employees in New York State will receive up to 10 weeks of Paid Family Leave and up to 55% of their average weekly wage (capped at 55% of the State’s average weekly wage) during their paid leave. The maximum benefit of 12 weeks off and 67% of average weekly…

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY AND TRAINING REQUIRED BY NEW YORK STATE Pursuant to a new State statute that takes effect October 9, 2018, all employers are required to immediately establish a sexual harassment policy and provide the policy in writing to all employees in their primary language, and continue to provide employees such policy on a…

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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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The #MeToo movement has successfully shone a spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace. Condemnation in the court of public opinion has led to high-profile firings of prominent figures in politics, sports, entertainment, and other industries. While this will undoubtedly yield positive results for the country as a whole, far too many individuals still suffer…

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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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