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Employment Law

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 . . .


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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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Employment Law News and Links – June-July, 2017


The label of what we employment lawyers call “employment law” encompasses so many aspects of the day-to-day lives of workers in America, it’s no surprise that week after week, we see news stories popping up across the country that directly touch on our area of the law. Here’s a roundup of some of the recent stories, both local and national, that are directly relevant to employees.

City of Los Angeles hits Carl’s Jr. with whopping wage theft penalty

Fast-food chain Carl’s Jr., known for both its racy ad content and for being something New Yorkers keep hearing about without actually seeing, was found by the City of Los Angeles to have Read more . . .


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

So, Who Gets Sued? Examining Liability for Employment Law Violations Up the Corporate Ladder


This month, the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, answered several questions “certified” to it by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that are important for certain employees considering bringing a lawsuit against an employer to understand.

That’s a mouthful, so let’s unpack it before we go further, because this post is going to include a lot of legal speak: the Second Circuit Court of Appeals is a federal appellate court. It decides appeals from cases tried in federal district courts. The New York Court of Appeals, meanwhile, is the highest state court in New York, and it reviews decisions from state trial courts. So there is a two-tiered system of justice in which cases brought in federal court proceed federally, while cases brought in state court proceed in the state court system.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Is New York a safe haven for workers under a Trump Administration?

There’s an excellent and informative article up at Law360 asking an important question and providing a somewhat comforting answer. The question: are employers justified in feeling that the Trump administration will, via regulatory authority and possibly legislation, relax employee protections in the name of “freeing business”? And the answer: maybe – but employers still have to contend with the strong state-level protections employees enjoy through the United States, including in New York.


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Do's and Don'ts of Suing an Employer

No doubt, going up against an employer or potential employer can be an intimidating experience. This is true regardless of whether the employer is a massive, global corporation, or a smaller local business. Either way, the employee faces a power and money imbalance that can make litigation seem impossible.


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Monday, January 30, 2017

So You Think Your Boss Is Breaking the Law – An Introduction to Employment Law


Welcome to the Serrins & Associates blog and website! On this blog, we’ll be bringing you continuous updates on current issues, events, rulings, and laws in the area of employment law. We’ll also be answering frequent questions employees have about litigating against their employer, or choosing whether to bring a case at all. In this post, we’ll provide an overview of some common types of employment law cases. If your employer has been engaging in any of the behaviors listed below, it would be wise to speak with an employment lawyer.


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