The HR Specialist: New York Employment Law

If you are sure an employee has been misusing FMLA leave or submitting fraudulent information as part of her FMLA leave request, don’t fear punishing her.

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National home-improvement chain Lowe’s has settled charges it violated the ADA when it terminated employees after they exhausted the amount of leave the company permitted.

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Retail giant Target could face a class-action lawsuit in federal court in New York.

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Following two years of development and debate, the U.S. Department of Labor in May released a sweeping overhaul of the regulations for paying overtime to exempt, white-collar employees.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Admin­istration has asked a federal court to appoint a fiduciary for the 401(k) plan at Astro Communications, a Bronx telecommunications firm.

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Most employers have little interaction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal agency tasked with overseeing workplace safety. Unless they were one of about 36,000 employers OSHA inspected last year, most businesses, particularly smaller businesses, may have gone for many years without dealing with the agency. That is about to change.

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Carefully document each and every disciplinary action at the time it occurs, complete with details on who said what and when it happened.

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Some workers are thin-skinned and seem to think that little annoyances can add up to a discrimination or retaliation lawsuit. Fortunately, that’s not true.

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If you’re ever hauled into court to testify in a lawsuit against your organization, what you say, and how you say it, can sink your defense—or help you win. Here are the 10 weaknesses you must be prepared to defend:

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Last fall, President Obama signed Executive Order 13706, requiring most large federal contractors and subcontractors to provide at least seven paid sick days per year to employees working on federal contracts.

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