In 2007, New York lawmakers passed a record number of laws affecting employers, including new laws on independent contractors, inquiries into conviction records, leave for military spouses, leave of absence for blood donations and cancer screenings, and unemployment benefits.
To protect employees from potential exploitation and to collect payroll and other taxes, New York is stepping up its fight to make sure employees are properly classified as employees. By misclassifying employees as independent contractors, employers can evade minimum wage, overtime and workers’ compensation laws.
Gov. Eliot Spitzer recently signed an executive order establishing the Joint Task Force on Employee Misclassification. The task force will issue a report to the governor each Feb. 1, detailing enforcement efforts to stop employers from misclassifying employees as independent contractors.
The task force includes...(register to read more)
- Remind bosses: The wrong choice of words can bolster an employee's retaliation lawsuit
- Don't institute payroll deductions without employees' consent
- Wal-Mart employees protest cut in hours, absenteeism policy
- Consider chronic conditions when employees request FMLA leave
- No penalty for failing to deliver insurance-option letter by Oct. 1