Supreme Court Says Agreements To Arbitrate Classwide Claims Must Be Clear

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with an employer on April 24, 2019 by ruling that a worker needs to individually arbitrate his claim against the company rather than bring a classwide claim. In an arbitration agreement, employers and workers can agree in advance to have a neutral third party (an arbitrator) decide legal claims rather …

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EEOC: Applicants’ Religious Beliefs Must Be Considered

EEOC: Applicants’ Religious Beliefs Must Be Considered A recent settlement agreement between United Parcel Service (UPS) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) serves as a reminder that accommodating job applicants’ religious beliefs supersedes an organization’s appearance policy in most cases, even when the job’s role is public-facing. UPS agreed to pay $4.9 million …

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FORMER EMPLOYEE ALLOWED TO BRING AGE DISCRIMINATION CASE DESPITE SIGNING A SEVERANCE AGREEMENT WITH GENERAL RELEASE

A former United Parcel Service (UPS) employee who signed a separation agreement that did not reference the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) could still bring an ADEA claim, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York ruled, in a decision issued in January 2019. The employee was over 40 years old …

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CIVIL MONETARY PENALTIES INCREASED

Effective Jan. 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) increased the civil monetary penalties for violating federal minimum wage, overtime, posting and safety requirements. The higher penalty amounts apply to penalties assessed after that date for Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH …

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NEW YORK CITY’S NEW PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT

A new New York City law, set to go into effect in October, 2017, will bar employers within the five boroughs from asking job candidates about their salary history. The law is meant to address the issue of pay inequality between men and women, as well as wage discrimination against minorities.  In 2015, women earned …

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NEW YORK CITY’S NEW “FREELANCE ISN’T FREE” ACT

A new law which establishes and enhances protections for freelance workers went into effect in New York City on May 15, 2017.  This law gives freelance workers the right to (a) a written contract, (b) timely and full payment, and (c) protection from retaliation. The law establishes penalties for violations of these rights, including statutory damages, double damages, …

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FEDERAL COURT PUTS A BRAKE ON NEW OVERTIME RULES

A federal district court in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction regarding the United States Department of Labor’s (USDOL’s) new federal overtime rule.  The new rule, which is set to double the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) salary threshold for employees deemed exempt from overtime pursuant to the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions, was set to go …

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NEW YORK CITY’S NEW FAIR CHANCE ACT

New York City’s Fair Chance Act went into effect on October 27, 2015.  It is now illegal for most NYC employers to deny employment based on an applicant’s criminal record. This law bans ads specifying things like “no felonies” or “background check required”, and further prohibits questions about criminal history on job applications and during …

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NEW YORK STATE’S MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES

As of December 31, 2015, New York State’s minimum wage is now $9.00 per hour. The minimum wage for “tipped” employees in the hospitality industry is $7.50 as of December 31, 2015. The minimum wage for tipped employees in all other industries, except the building service industry, is $7.65 per hour when tips total at …

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