02Apr

NAIL SALON WORKERS FILED A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST ENVY NAILS FOR FAILURE TO PAY MINIMUM WAGE AND SPYING

Manicurists have filed a class action complaint again Anna Do, owner of Envy Salon, in a Manhattan Federal Court.  Do is the owner of more than 50 nail salons in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Plaintiffs allege that Do


01Apr

DOMINO’S PIZZA FINED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IMPROPER PAY PRACTICES

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced a $448,000 settlement with six Domino’s pizza franchisees operating in New York.  The business owners paid workers less than the $5.65 per hour tipped minimum wage and failed to pay adequate overtime,


31Mar

ARE BACKGROUND CHECKS RACIAL BARRIERS IN THE HIRING PROCESS?

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) agree that background checks could have a “disparate impact” on black job applicants.  The doctrine of disparate impact is applied in the employment context and occurs when an


27Mar

PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING EXPANSION OF OVERTIME PAY

On March 13, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order requesting that the U.S. Labor Department issue regulations that mandate overtime pay to employees who otherwise would be exempt under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The administration hopes


26Mar

NYC SETTLES LAWSUIT AGAINST FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR $98 MILLION DOLLARS

 Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a settlement to pay $98 million in back pay, including $6 million in medical benefits, to those who have filed claims against the New York City Fire Department on grounds


18Mar

MCDONALD’S BECOMES THE SUBJECT OF WAGE AND HOUR LAWSUITS IN NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA AND MICHIGAN

Last week, several McDonald’s employees filed lawsuits in New York, California and Michigan alleging that McDonald’s and its franchise owners have unlawfully underpaid them by not paying overtime, manipulating time-cards and ordering them to work “off the clock.”  Specifically, the


17Mar

CHICKIE’S AND PETE’S TO PAY $6.8 MILLION FOR VIOLATING WAGE AND HOUR LAWS

Chickie’s and Pete’s, a prominent sports bar with 9 locations throughout New Jersey and Philadelphia, has recently agreed to pay $6.8 million in back wages and damages for taking tips from bartenders and waiters and for violating federal minimum wage


12Mar

IS YOUR NON-COMPETE OR NON-SOLICITATION AGREEMENT ENFORCEABLE?

Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements may be contained in employment contracts or may be a separate agreement between an employee and employer.  Each state has its own distinct laws about whether such types of agreements are enforceable.  New Jersey, along with


07Mar

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE SIGNS BILL PROHIBITING PREGNANCY-RELATED DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE

The New Jersey legislature has noted that pregnant women can be vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace.  There have been reports that women who have requested an accommodation due to their pregnancy-related needs or issues have been unfairly denied reasonable


06Mar

CONSTRUCTION COMPANY HIRED TO REBUILD SEASIDE HEIGHTS BOARDWALK FACING WAGE AND OVERTIME LAWSUIT

Jamali Developers LLC, the construction company hired to rebuild the iconic Seaside Heights boardwalk after the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, has just been served with a lawsuit.  The suit names Jamali Developers’ CEO and managers as well as another company


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