13Apr

NEW YORK PASSES NATION’S STRONGEST PAID FAMILY LEAVE LAW

On April 1, the New York State Legislature signed into law the strongest and most comprehensive paid family leave policy.  When fully phased in, employees will be eligible for 12 weeks of paid leave to bond with newborns, care for


18Mar

SECOND CIRCUIT HOLDS THAT HR DIRECTOR MAY BE PERSONALLY LIABLE UNDER FMLA

Cathleen Graziadio worked a Payroll Administrator for the Culinary Institute of America.  Due to medical issues concerning two of her sons, Graziadio requested a ten day leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and a temporary reduced work


03Mar

EEOC FILES FIRST SUITS ALLEGING SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION

The EEOC announced Monday that it has filed its first two sex discrimination lawsuits based on sexual orientation.  The EEOC has sued Scott Medical Health Care Center, a pain-control and weight-loss clinic in Pennsylvania and a Maryland branch of IFCO


24Feb

MINIMUM WAGE INCREASED FOR HOSPITALITY AND FAST FOOD WORKERS IN NEW YORK

As part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to get fair pay for New York workers, Governor Cuomo secured three changes that became effective on December 31, 2015.  First, New York State’s minimum wage increased from $8.75 to $9.00 per hour. 


12Feb

EEOC SEEKS EQUAL PAY DATA FROM EMPLOYERS

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Obama Administration announced that it sought approval of a revised Employer Information Report (EEO-1) that would require federal contractors and employers with 100 or more employees to


27Jan

CANTOR FITZGERALD AGREES TO PAY IT WORKER $140K IN OVERTIME SUIT

Last year, Steven Puente filed suit against his employer, Cantor Fitzgerald, alleging that the Company failed to pay him overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per workweek under the Fair Labor Standards Act and misclassified him


08Jan

NEW YORK CITY BANS EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF “CAREGIVER” STATUS

On January 5, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law legislation that will amend the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to protect caregivers from discrimination in the workplace. The NYCHRL already prohibits employment discrimination based on, for


28Dec

NOVARTIS AGREES TO SETTLE SEX DISCRIMINATION SUIT FOR $8 MILLION

Earlier this year, a class and collective lawsuit was filed by two female former-employees of the Alcon eye-care products unit of Novartis, alleging that the Company discriminated against female employees by denying them equal pay and promotion opportunities. The lawsuit


18Dec

TEMP WORKER QUALIFIES AS EMPLOYEE IN DISCRIMINATION SUIT

The Third Circuit recently ruled that a client of a temporary staffing agency could be considered an employer in race bias suit. In Faush v. Tuesday Morning, Inc., Labor Ready, a temporary staffing agency, assigned Faush to work at a


11Dec

NEW JERSEY BASED ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING FIRM TO PAY $2 MILLION IN FALSE CLAIMS ACT SETTLEMENT

In a press release issued yesterday, New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that Accutest Laboratories, an environmental testing firm based in Middlesex County, will pay the State $2 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims


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