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The HR Specialist: New York Employment Law

Does your company own its facility but lease out part of the building or grounds to a third party? If so, remind management that the company may still be liable for injuries to a worker who is doing repairs or construction on the building without the owner’s knowledge …

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A class of more than 2,500 female former brokers, who sued financial services giant Smith Barney for sex discrimination, will receive a $33 million settlement …

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A woman who was sexually harassed and allegedly raped by a boss at a Quiznos restaurant in Norwich was awarded $500,000 by the state Division of Human Rights …

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Shirley Morton, a clerical worker for the Albany Police Department, has filed a $35 million lawsuit against the department and the city, claiming Sgt. Kevin McKenna subjected her to sexual harassment, unwanted physical contact and verbal abuse for 12 years …

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 The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has directed Advanced Professional Marketing Inc. (APMI), a medical staffing company based in New York City, to pay almost $3 million in back wages to more than 150 H-1B guest workers …

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Chief Judge Judith Kaye has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state’s 1,250 judges claiming the political process has denied them their constitutional rights to an “adequate” salary. The reason: The New York Legislature hasn’t given them a raise in a decade …

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After Starbucks baristas won a $105 million verdict in California over tip-sharing, a former barista has filed a nearly identical lawsuit against the company in New York …

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Election year politics has a strange way of focusing employers and employees on the larger issues—such as jobs, wages and the economy. HR pros should pay attention to election year buzz. Knowing what’s on employees’ minds as they go to the polls can help savvy employers get a glimpse of the future workplace.

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The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) is being tested in court, and employers are finding that judges are becoming more flexible when it comes to employers’ rights to manage the work force while soldiers are away …

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Incoming Gov. David Paterson hadn’t even taken his oath of office before he was hit with allegations of race discrimination during his term as Senate Democratic leader. Joseph Maiorello, a former Senate minority photographer, has filed an EEOC lawsuit alleging Paterson fired him because he is white …

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