10Oct

Salary Secrecy Policies are Common – and Illegal

“How much do you get paid?” This is a question that many employers tell employees never to ask or answer, and some employers go as far as telling employees it’s a fireable offense. But is this legal? What if you’re


25Sep

Federal Court Certifies Class Action for NY Bloomberg Analytics Representatives

Hundreds of employees of Bloomberg who assist customers with their Bloomberg terminals have been certified as a class and can proceed with their federal lawsuit to recover unpaid overtime wages. The named plaintiff, Eric Rosenman, filed the suit in the


28Aug

Third Circuit Holds Dancer Can Pursue Statutory Claim in Court Despite Arbitration Clause

On August 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a dancer who sued a club under federal and state labor laws can pursue her claims in court, despite the arbitration clause in her contract


08Aug

Would You Let Your Employer Microchip You?

A Wisconsin company has generated a lot of recent press for being the first company in the United States to microchip its employees, but it is also generating a fair amount of controversy. The company, Three Square Market, which makes


20Jul

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Nurse can Pursue Claim Based on Perceived Disability

On July 11, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that a nurse who claims she was fired from her job at a hospital because the hospital perceived her as disabled can pursue her legal claim against the hospital. Plaintiff


22Jun

JPMorgan Chase Employee Files EEOC Charge Claiming Parental Leave Policy Discriminates Against New Fathers

On June 15, 2017, the ACLU filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) on behalf of Ohio JPMorgan Chase & Co. employee Derek Rotondo, who is the father of a newborn, alleging that the company’s parental leave


15Jun

Judge Denies Houlihan’s Restaurants’ Motion to Dismiss Tip-Pooling Suit

On June 12, 2017, U.S. District Judge Joseph Rodriguez denied a motion to dismiss the U.S. Department of Labor’s lawsuit against the operator of 17 New York and New Jersey Houlihan’s restaurants for allegedly taking portions of employees’ tips, failing


05Jun

NEW NYC FAIR WORK WEEK LEGISLATION GIVES PROTECTIONS TO FAST FOOD AND RETAIL WORKERS

On May 30, 2017 New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio signed into law five bills recently passed by the New York City Council intended to regulate scheduling and workplace management practices in the retail and fast food industries. The package,


24May

NEW NYC FREELANCER PROTECTIONS TAKE EFFECT

On May 15, New York City’s “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” took effect. The new law protects freelance workers who live in the city from late payment or non-payment by companies who use their services. Employers are increasingly utilizing freelancers and


16May

NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS ARE INCREASINGLY POPULAR – IS YOURS ENFORCEABLE?

Non-competition agreements (also known as “non-competes”) are contracts, or clauses within contracts, that prevent an employee from working for a competitor after leaving their current employer. Employers sometimes require new employees to sign a non-compete as a condition of hiring,


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