The HR Specialist: New York Employment Law

If a fight breaks out at work, make sure you punish everyone involved in the incident according to his or her level of involvement. Don’t terminate one employee and suspend the other unless you have a very good reason for the different treatment …

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Timothy Flynn, a former senior vice president for UBS Financial Services, has filed a lawsuit claiming the Wall Street firm retaliated against him for cooperating with a Massachusetts securities fraud investigation …

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Lou Telerico, a former stockbroker for Merrill Lynch & Co.’s Cleveland operations, has filed a lawsuit claiming the company forced him out after 30 years of service because of his age …

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Some supervisors who micromanage tend to focus on one or two troublesome employees. If those employees belong to a protected class, watch out! Here’s how such cases wind up in court …

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J. Siebold Construction will pay 284 workers in the Bronx $1.07 million in back wages, plus $160,000 in interest and penalties to settle unpaid overtime charges brought by New York’s attorney general and the state Labor Department …

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Don’t let emotion get in the way of settling a case early on if it looks like the company may be liable. Dragging out the inevitable accomplishes just two things—neither of them good: (1) It adds to the fees you have to pay your own attorneys and (2) the fees you also may end up paying for the other side’s attorneys …

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Smart HR pros set up tickler files to remind themselves to make sure everyone has the current version of the employee handbook—and any arbitration agreements you ask employees to sign. That file makes it easier to ensure every employee has an up-to-date copy and gets revisions every time policies change …

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Warn hot-headed supervisors that they risk personal liability if they don’t cool it. Employees claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress can sue the company and the supervisor personally, collecting from both …

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OSHA has cited two companies for workplace safety violations that led to the deaths of two window washers in Manhattan last December. The workers fell 47 stories when their scaffolding platform detached from the window-washing rig attached to the building’s roof …

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Manhattan’s Tavern on the Green restaurant has agreed to pay $2.2 million for “severe and pervasive sexual, racial and national origin harassment of female, black and Hispanic employees.” The EEOC said sexual harassment at the Central Park landmark eatery included graphic comments and demands for sexual acts …

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