The HR Specialist: New York Employment Law

A California District Court has given preliminary approval to a proposed $16 million settlement by Manhattan financial firm Morgan Stanley with a group of black and Latino financial advisors in its global wealth-management group …

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The fireworks are apparently over in the battle between Judith Regan, former president of ReganBooks, and parent company News Corporation. Regan and News Corporation reached an undisclosed settlement of her $100 million lawsuit in January …

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Eugene Gates Jr. had worked in a Charlotte, N.C., grocery store for nearly 40 years when it was purchased by Compare Foods, based in Freeport, N.Y. Shortly after the buyout, Compare cut his hours in half and gave his shifts to a young Hispanic worker …

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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 …

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An assistant for Hofstra University’s football team has filed a federal lawsuit charging that she was “subjected to offensive and sexually graphic movies in the presence of howling and taunting male students” and “locked in a bathroom by a group of male students” …

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Wage-and-hour lawsuits are growing exponentially, according to the fourth Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report from national law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. New York was among the states experiencing the sharpest growth in wage-and-hour claims …

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Fortune magazine recently published its 2008 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and nine New York companies made the list …

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Balancing time off with reasonable accommodations can be tough if one of your employees is covered by both the FMLA and the ADA. You must be especially careful if a disability means an employee needs to take her 12 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave, but can’t quite return to work without an accommodation …

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Fortunately for employers, not every temporary physical restriction is a disability under the ADA. Before you entertain accommodations, look at the claimed disability and decide whether the problem will resolve itself within a reasonable time frame or if it permanently impairs a major life function …

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Even with the best sexual harassment training, it’s hard for some employees to grasp exactly what constitutes sexual harassment and what’s merely horseplay or roughhousing—especially when the behavior is directed at the same sex. But that doesn’t mean that an employee who comes forward with that sort of complaint isn’t engaged in protected activity …

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