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New York Employment Law in the Age of COVID-19

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COVID-19 is changing employment law

Over the last two months, the COVID-19 pandemic has tremendously impacted life as we know it. In particular, the pandemic has caused economic uncertainty and has forced state governments to issue stay-at-home orders, forcing businesses to furlough and/or lay off millions of employees.

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Martinez v. JLM Decorating, Inc., Civil Case No.: 20-cv-02969

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New Action filed in the Southern District of New York

Martinez v. JLM Decorating, Inc., and JLM Decorating NYC Inc., and Cosmopolitan Interior NY Corporation, and Moshe Gold, individually, and Josafath Arias, individually, Civil Case No.: 20-cv-02969

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Minimum Wage Increases Have NYC Workers Earning More in 2020

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The minimum wage employees must earn per hour working in New York City is one of the highest in the nation. It was raised to $15 per hour for companies employing 11 or more in New York City on December 31, 2018, and reached that same mark for companies employing 10 or fewer this year at the end of 2019. Those working in the surrounding suburbs have seen a rate increase to $13 per hour and elsewhere in New York minimum wage rose to $11.80. The phase in of increases will continue throughout 2020.

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Benefits Required by Law in New York State

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New York Employment Benefit Requirements

As an employee, there are certain benefits to which you are entitled. For instance, workers are guaranteed.

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Loja, et al. v. Jasco Designs, Inc..; Case No.: 1:18-cv-06190-AMD-VMS

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Judge grants Conditional Certification of Collective Action in the Eastern District of New York

Loja, et al. v. Jasco Designs, Inc..; Case No.: 1:18-cv-06190-AMD-VMS

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Gill v. Moody Mart 2 Inc.,Et al. Civil Case No.: 19-cv-02171-JMA-AKT

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New Employment Law Action filed in the Eastern District of New York

Gill v. Moody Mart 2 Inc., and HO 110 Inc., and Hill Enterprise Inc., and Tariq Mahmud, individually, Civil Case No.: 19-cv-02171-JMA-AKT

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Are You a Victim of Delayed Workplace Retaliation?

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Delayed Workplace Retaliation

Laws exist to protect workers who voice concerns about workplace discrimination from retaliation. But for these laws to provide the protection they guarantee, workers need to recognize an action as retaliation.

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Independent Contractors Affected by New Laws

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Employment Law Update - New Laws for Independent Contractors

A new freelance law to protect California independent contractors recently went into effect and a similar law could be coming to New York State.

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Mako v. Linda Richards Inc. et al.; Case No.: 19-cv-02660-CS

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Judge grants Conditional Certification of Collective Action in the Southern District of New York

Mako v. Linda Richards Inc. et al.; Case No.: 19-cv-02660-CS

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Boone and Clarke v. Alpha Corporate Transportation and Taxi Service Inc. d/b/a Alpha Taxi Et Al. Civil Case No.: 19-cv-02808-CS

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New Class and Collective Employment Law Action filed in the Southern District of New York

Boone and Clarke v. Alpha Corporate Transportation and Taxi Service Inc. d/b/a Alpha Taxi, and Edward Samraldi, individually, Civil Case No.: 19-cv-02808-CS

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Padilla v. Urban Garden Center, Inc. et al.; Case No.: 19-cv-09660(LGK)

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New Employment Law Class and Collective Action filed in the Southern District of New York

Padilla v. Urban Garden Center, Inc. et al.; Case No.: 19-cv-09660(LGK)

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Are You a Victim of Pregnancy Discrimination? Here’s What You Can Do.

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Employment Law, Pregnancy Discrimination

For some women, working during pregnancy is one of the most challenging things they will ever do. None of the usual stresses of work go away once you’re pregnant and you’re also faced with all of the nagging physical ailments that might accompany pregnancy – digestive distress, poor sleep, aches, and pains, etc.

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Is Your Employer Liable for How Customers or Clients Treat You?

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Employer Liability for Treatment of Employees by Customers

Most jobs involve interaction with people other than your co-workers. Whether you work in an industry with customers or you are responsible for meeting the needs of clients, just about everyone with a job has to deal with people in one way or another. Customers and clients are a vital part of keeping your employer in business and keeping you employed, so it’s essential to make sure they are satisfied.

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Am I a Victim of Workplace Retaliation?

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Workplace Retaliation

In addition to the laws in place to protect you from discrimination in the workplace, the law also protects you from retaliation. Your employer cannot penalize you for reporting some types of wrongdoing, including discrimination and harassment – this is called engaging in legally protected activity.

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New York State Enacts Law Banning Salary History Inquiries Goes Into Effect

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The New York State Law Banning Salary History Inquiries

On July 10, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that will impact employers in New York with regard to inquiries asked of potential employees during interviews. The new law, effective January 6, 2020, will prohibit employers in New York from inquiring about an applicant’s salary history (including compensation and benefits) and from depending on that applicant’s previous wage or salary when deciding whether to extend a job offer or determining what that applicant’s prospective pay would be. This amendment to the New York Labor Law, specifically Labor Law Section 194-a, further prevents an employer in New York from seeking such information from the applicant’s previous employer. Moreover, employers are banned from retaliating against applicants or employees who refuse to disclose such information. If an applicant believes that an employer violated this law, he or she may bring a civil court action or can contact the Division of Labor Standards.

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Actress Gabrielle Union Fired From America’s Got Talent After Complaints of Racism and Unhealthy Workplace

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NBC Universal once again finds itself entangled in another employment scandal after actress Gabrielle Union was dropped as a judge on the show, America’s Got Talent, amid complaints of racism and an unsafe workplace. According to reports, NBC fired Union – a known advocate for minority communities - because she spoke out about the toxic and racist workplace culture during production of the show. Union allegedly spoke out about several discriminatory practices during her time on the show, including being told by producers that America would not get behind a ten-year old black rapper; that the network discouraged her from wearing certain outfits and hairstyles they considered “too black” for viewers; and for raising concerns that host Simon Cowell was creating an unhealthy workplace by smoking indoors. But it was her complaint to producers about a racist joke comedian Jay Leno allegedly made about Korean restaurants during taping that apparently sealed her fate. Though producers allegedly dismissed Union’s complaint, the joke was cut from the show, then in retaliation, they terminated her three-year contract after just one season as a judge on the show. 

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Can Catholic Schools Discriminate? The U.S. Supreme Court is About to Weigh In.

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Catholic Schools and Discrimination

The United States Supreme Court will review two decisions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit involving the ministerial exception to federal employment discrimination law claims. On December 18, 2019, the Supreme Court granted petitions for a writ of certiorari in St. James School v. Biel and Our Lady of Gudadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, both decisions from the ninth circuit in which Catholic religious schools argued that the ministerial exception protected them from claims of discriminatory employment practices.

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Mako v. Linda Richards Inc., and Linda Barry a/k/a Linda Bretti, individually, and Frank Bretti, individually, Civil Case No.: 19-cv-02660

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New Employment Law Class and Collective Action filed in the Southern District of New York

Mako v. Linda Richards Inc., and Linda Barry a/k/a Linda Bretti, individually, and Frank Bretti, individually,Civil Case No.: 19-cv-02660

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Melgarejo v. New York Fish & Vegetable, Inc., d/b/a “NY Fish and Vegetables,” and Lee’s Fish & Fruit, Inc., and David Lee, individually, Civil Case No.: 19-cv-02439-AT

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New Class and Collective Action filed in the Southern District of New York

Melgarejo v. New York Fish & Vegetable, Inc., d/b/a “NY Fish and Vegetables,” and Lee’s Fish & Fruit, Inc., and David Lee, individually, Civil Case No.: 19-cv-02439-AT

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Can I Be Fired for My Political Views?

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Political Views and Employment

The United States is gearing up for a big presidential election in 2020 and most people have strong opinions about the candidates.

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