On June 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act, which allows same-sex couples to be married in New York and to have, with certain exceptions, the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples married in New York. The law has important implications for employer-provided benefits.
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Employers can offer severance payments to older workers they plan to terminate in exchange for a release of age discrimination claims. But the severance agreement must comply with the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act in order to stick. To comply with OWBPA, the agreement must be written clearly and simply enough that the employee can understand what he is signing.
West Troy Tool & Machine must respond to OSHA charges or pay $250,000 in fines, following a May workplace accident where a worker suffered crushing injuries. OSHA issued a citation for 11 serious safety violations at the plant.
If a government employee first files a claim with the Ohio Court of Claims, that bars related federal claims against a state agency’s individual supervisors. That may mean those supervisors will avoid individual liability for FMLA, FLSA and civil rights violations.