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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Today is #EqualPayDay – What Is The “Wage Gap” and How Do We End It?


For the last few years, activists and employment experts have publicized the date that we hit “Equal Pay Day” in America – the date that women would have to work through from the previous year, to make the same amount their male colleagues did. This year, the “holiday” – if you want to call it that – falls on April 2.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

New York City has banned hairstyle discrimination


As of February, it isillegal in New York City for employers to discriminate against employees and job-seekers based on the style in which they wear their hair.

Some of our readers may be surprised: where did this ban come from? Well, as the New York City Commission on Human Rights explained in a Read more . . .


Friday, February 1, 2019

Government Shutdowns: Is It Legal for the Federal Government to Make Employees Work Without Pay?


As you probably know, there are certain laws in place that prevent workers from being made to work without pay. At the most basic, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution outlawed slavery. A bit less dramatically, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and various amendments thereto have put in place a minimum wage that workers must earn – to pay them less is a violation of the law. In fact, the Read more . . .


Monday, October 15, 2018

New York’s New Sexual Harassment Laws – What to Know


After a year of sexual harassment scandals, and the explosive growth of the #MeToo movement, state and local governments across the country have been taking action to strengthen and expand local laws guarding against such abuses. New York has been no exception: on April 11, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a series of measures intended to prevent sexual harassment and close existing loopholes in the law. The law partly went into effect this past summer, and several other parts will continue to be rolled out in the months ahead. Let’s take a look at what employees need to know about their rights under this new law.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Summer’s here! Does my boss have to let me take a vacation?


The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and some days it seems like everyone and their dog has fled New York City for the beach. That’s right, summer has arrived in New York, and with it the hope for a well-deserved vacation from the daily grind. But is your boss required to allow you to take a vacation? And if so, is he also required to pay for it?

The short answer: No. Generally speaking, employers do not have any legal duty to provide an employee with what we would consider “vacation time,” whether it is paid or unpaid. Under state law, employers do not have to pay employees for Read more . . .


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Supreme Court Drops an Employment Law Bombshell


Last week, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the case Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis.
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Sunday, April 29, 2018

A Quick Guide to New York Severance Agreements


New York is an “at will” employment state. This means that generally speaking, employers have the right to fire or lay off employees as they see fit. There are some important exceptions to this rule - for example, an employer may not fire a worker for being a member of a Read more . . .


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

What counts as harassment? It depends on the state...


The law is a funny thing. Let’s say the exact same action is performed in two different states. In state one, that action results in a lawsuit, which leads to a trial, which leads to a settlement, and maybe even a full-blown scandal with all the attendant media coverage. In state two, that action results in..
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Monday, January 29, 2018

So Your Employer is Asking for a Non-Disclosure Clause


Non-disclosure and confidentiality clauses in agreements are currently enjoying a moment in the media spotlight. At Serrins & Associates, we represent employees and former employees negotiating severance and employment contracts, and these types of clauses are often at issue in such negotiations.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Moment of #MeToo - A Cultural Reckoning with Sexual Harassment


As anyone who watches the news, surfs the internet, or even sometimes engages in topical conversations with friends is aware, we are now experiencing an incredible national moment of reckoning on the topic of sexual assault. In many of the cases that have been reported to date, the specific topic of sexual harassment is implicated, by which we mean unwanted advances of a sexual nature that occur in a professional context. (The labels can be a little fuzzy on these issues, but here we consider sexual harassment mostly in its legal context, where it largely refers to workplace behavior.) As employment lawyers, sexual harassment is something we see distressingly often - these sorts of cases are a large part of the work we do. And so while we regret the very existence of this form of abuse, we are nonetheless heartened that Americans of all stripes are speaking out and making others aware.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Harvey Weinstein Mess is a Stunning Case of Employer Misconduct


The Harvey Weinstein story functions as an example of things an employer, a manager, or anyone in a position of power within a business or place of employment, absolutely cannot do without breaking the law. Based on the Read more . . .


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