Month: January 2014

MOBILE DEVICES AND OVERTIME

Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), nonexempt employees must be paid overtime compensation for work they perform for their employer’s benefit in excess of forty (40) hours in any workweek. Work performed remotely, such as responding to e-mails on a smartphone or drafting a report on a laptop at home, could push an employee’s work hours …

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NEW YORK LAW ON UNEMPLOYMENT TAXES TOOK EFFECT ON JANUARY 1, 2014

A new law which went into effect on January 1, 2014, increased New York employers’ contributions to the state’s unemployment compensation program. Earlier in 2013, legislation was enacted in response to the insolvency of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and the state’s need to repay $3.5 billion borrowed from the federal government to cover increased …

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SMOKING BANNED AT NEW YORK HOSPITALS AND RESIDENTIAL HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

A law which went into effect on October 29, 2013 means employees of New York hospitals and residential healthcare facilities may not smoke anywhere on the grounds or within fifteen (15) feet of any entrance or exit to a building or the grounds of such facilities. The law allows a narrow exception for patients of …

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