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Paid Family Leave 2019 Update

Friday, September 07, 2018

Employees will pay more of their paycheck towards the Paid Family Leave benefit program in 2019 - 0.153% of gross wages up to a yearly maximum of $107.97 (up from 0.126%/$85.56 in 2018). Moreover, as per the original provisions of the Paid Family Leave law, employees will be permitted to take up to 10 weeks of paid family leave in 2019, and receive 55% of their average weekly wage, up to a maximum of $746.41.  

Deadline for New Sexual Harassment Prevention Requirements Fast Approaching

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

In April, we wrote about new steps New York State is taking to prevent harassment in the workplace, including requiring New York employers to comply with policy and training requirements.

Lululemon Employees Likely to be Conditionally Certified for Allegations of Unpaid Wages

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Earlier this month, a New York Federal Court magistrate recommended conditional certification of a class of Lululemon employees who allege they were expected to take yoga classes at studios to promote Lululemon apparel, and perform other work related tasks off the clock.  Lululemon paid the fee for the classes but did not pay the employees to attend, calling it “community work.”  The employees allege they spent approximately five hours each week in fitness classes and another five hours per week performing other tasks.

Court Holds that USC Cannot Force Employees/Investors in its Retirement Plan to Arbitrate their Breach of Fiduciary Duties Claims

Monday, August 06, 2018

Employers with retirement plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) often seek to reduce their potential class action liability for breach of fiduciary duty claims by including mandatory arbitration clauses in employment agreements. University of Southern California (USC) workers challenged the school's management of its plans in federal court several years ago, despite the arbitration clauses in their agreement.

Changes to Taylor Law

Friday, July 27, 2018

This year, Governor Cuomo signed a law making changes to the Taylor Law to strengthen public unions.  The Taylor Law, officially the Public Employees Fair Employment Act, defines the rights and limitations for public employees in New York.  The major changes to the existing law include the following:

Arbitration Agreements as a Condition of Employment are Enforceable

Monday, July 16, 2018

The US Supreme Court recently upheld mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts that waived an employee’s right to bring class or collective actions.

NON-UNION PUBLIC PROFILE EMPLOYEES NO LONGER CAN BE FORCED TO PAY UNION AGENCY FEES

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

For approximately 40 years, public sector employee unions could collect union “agency fees” from the paychecks of even those employees who chose not to join the union.  The premise was that even non-members benefitted from the contracts the unions negotiated with public entities, so should have to pay at least something for that benefit.  Many of the non-member employees objected because the unions at times took positions on political or other issues with which they disagreed, but were forced to pay to support.  The U.S.

Bereavement Leave Likely to Be Added to NY Paid Family Leave

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The NYS Legislature has passed a bill which would add bereavement leave to the list of permissible reasons to take paid family leave.  The bill would allow employees to use paid family leave after the death of a family member.  It would also allow those who have already been using paid family leave to care for a family member to use any remaining time for bereavement.

New Guidance for Handbooks from NLRB

Monday, June 18, 2018

Earlier this month, the NLRB issued a guidance on employee handbook rules, which follows its landmark decision in The Boeing Company last December.  The Boeing case established a new standard when evaluating whether a work rule violates the law, and focused on the negative impact on the employees’ ability to exercise their rights and the policy’s connection to the employer’s right to maintain discipline and productivity in the workplace.  The guidance signals that the new General Counsel will take a more employer friendly approach than the Obama NLRB did in interpreting federal la

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Baker Refusing to Create Cake for Same-Sex Couple Does Not Change Law for Employers

Friday, June 08, 2018

In a narrow recent Decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission illegally found against a baker who claimed his religious beliefs prevented him from creating a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.   The key was that the Commission allowed other bakers to refuse to create cakes that demeaned gays and same-sex marriages.

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Please e-mail your U.S. Senators and urge them to support the Employment Verification Amendment! The Senate is currently considering its immigration ...

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Republicans in the House of Representatives, led by Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), yesterday introduced the Working Families Flexibility Act of 20...

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Frank Cania and Paul Keneally have prepared an in depth guide for employers to help navigate the New York Corrections Law, Article 23-A, requirements....

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  YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED! Please e-mail your senators to OPPOSE S. 3220 <http://msg.shrm.org/site/R?i=MTjvtqw_LsVHXyHx4E3oZw> because i...

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YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED!  The NLRB's imbalanced "quick election" rule is scheduled to take effect on April 30, 2012. The congressional resoluti...

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Federal Legislative Action Alert YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED!  Save Employer Provided Education Assistance! Please email or write your representat...

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Federal Legislative Action Alert YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED!  Please e-mail your U.S. senators and representative and ask them to co-sponsor the ...

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Senator Bill Sampson has provided this summary of a new bill that he introduced to lessen the impact of the Wage Theft Prevention Act's notice require...

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Federal Legislative Action Alert YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED!  Please CALL your representative and ask him/her to co-sponsor the Neal/Gerlach...

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Federal Legislative Action Alert YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED!  Please email your representative and ask him/her to co-sponsor the Neal/Gerlach Hou...

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Federal Legislative Action Alert - REMINDER! YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED!  Last week you received an alert regarding Representatives Richard Ne...

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Frank Cania, CEO of CaniaHR LLC and president of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, and Paul Kennealy, Esq....

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Underberg & Kessler LLP attorney Elizabeth Cordello comments on the Marriage Equality Act and whether private businesses can discriminate or deny ...

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Underberg & Kessler LLP partner Paul Keneally comments on issues facing business people involved in a lawsuit over the loss of an employee, an...

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A new statute set to take effect on April 9, 2011, New York's "Wage Theft Prevention Act", requires that employers provide significantly more information to employees regarding wages or risk facing increased civil, and in some cases criminal, penalties.

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New York State has passed a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights which amends New York Labor Law and provides extensive protection to domestic workers.  The law goes into effect on November 29, 2010.  Please click on the link for further information.

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Shared Work is a voluntary program that provides employers facing a temporary decline in business with an alternative to layoffs. Rather than laying off a percentage of the work force to cut costs, an employer can reduce the hours and wages of all or a particular group of employees. The employees whose hours and wages are reduced can receive partial unemployment insurance benefits to supplement their lost wages.

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Below please find a special invitation to the 2010 HR Legislative Conference on April 20, 2010 in Albany. If you have any questions, please contact GV...

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Below please find an interesting article about a case finding for an employer where the employee was an alcoholic with attendance problems. This thorn...

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Once again the COBRA subsidy and unemployment benefit rules have been extended. If you have any questions please contact GVCSHRM Legislative Represent...

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Below you will see the testimony of employment defense attorney Jane M. McFetridge, Esq. to the U.S. Senate regarding the proposed Paycheck Fairness A...

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Monroe JSEC Presents: Investigating Sexual Harassment & Other Employment Claims When: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 Registration and refreshmen...

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Second Circuit Rules Reasonable Accommodation Must Be Provided, Even if Not Requested by Employee Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990...

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