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NY Legislature, Governor Cuomo Reach Agreement On Repeal of Annual Wage Notice

Business advocacy groups advise that the New York Legislature and Governor Cuomo have reached agreement on the Legislature’s already-passed legislation repealing the Wage Theft Prevention Act’s annual notice requirement.  Indeed, the Legislature’s web site confirms that S.5885-B has been delivered to the Governor.  Business groups believe a “chapter amendment” will be forthcoming in January, modifying… Continue Reading

With WTPA Amendments In Limbo, New York Employers Must Prepare for Another Round of “Those (Annual) Notices”

Despite passage in June by both chambers of the New York State Legislature, legislation repealing the 2011 Wage Theft Prevention Act’s “annual wage notice” has yet to take effect.  In fact, as of this writing, Governor Cuomo has not been presented with the bill for signature.  Because the legislation only takes effect 60 days after… Continue Reading

NYS Commissioner of Labor Issues Official Wage Board Charge

On Monday, New York Commissioner of Labor Peter Rivera formally issued his Charge to the recently convened 2014 Wage Board.  The Charge, available here, asks the Board to answer the following question: What modifications, if any, should be made to the required cash wage rates and the allowable credits for tips, meals, and lodging, for… Continue Reading

Manhattan Restaurant Prevails On Wage-and-Hour Claims Following Trial

Demoralized by the attendant costs of litigation and a shifting compliance environment in numerous jurisdictions, many hospitality industry employers have resolved wage-and-hour lawsuits brought in New York City and elsewhere over the last number of years.  Bucking this trend, one such employer recently successfully defended its wage practices at trial.  Mendez v. Int’l Food House,… Continue Reading

New York Legislature’s Second “Fair Play Act” Enacted to Cover Commercial Goods Transportation Industry

On the heels of similar legislation passed in 2010 for the construction industry, and consistent with the state’s continuing focus on alleged misclassification of service providers as independent contractors, the New York state legislature recently passed the Transportation Industry Fair Play Act, N.Y. Labor Law § 862 et seq.  This legislation creates a “presumption of… Continue Reading

Second Circuit To Issue Important Guidance On Legal Standards Applicable To Unpaid Interns

Recognizing the need to provide clarity to the business community in light of voluminous litigation, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently agreed to hear appeals in the Fox and Hearst intern cases.  Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., Case Number 13-2467, 11/26/13.  The Court will examine the different legal tests and… Continue Reading

New York’s New Miscellaneous Wage Order Tip Credit Provision to Impact Businesses Such As Car Washes and Salons

As discussed in greater detail here, the New York State Department of Labor’s revised Wage Orders, which were published in the administrative record on October 9, 2013 and set to become final by the time New York’s December 31 minimum wage hike becomes effective, implement a number of changes to the pay requirements and credits… Continue Reading

New York Department of Labor Provides Draft Wage Orders Implementing Minimum Wage Increase

The legislation setting forth a schedule for increasing New York’s minimum wage has numerous implications for the New York employer community. On October 9, 2013, the Department of Labor published proposed amended Wage Orders for all industries which are effective as of December 31, 2013.  The changes to the minimum wage implicate many facets of employee… Continue Reading

New York Department of Labor Finalizes Deductions Regulations

On the heels of the closure of the notice and comment period, during which the public and business community were invited to comment on the New York Department of Labor’s proposed regulations interpreting recently amended New York Labor Law 193 (governing permissible deductions from employee wages), the regulations have been finalized with an effective date… Continue Reading

New York City, State Legislatures Pass Bills

As expected, the New York City Council has overridden Mayor Bloomberg’s veto, making the Earned Sick Time Act law in New York City.  At the state level, the legislature has passed a measure called the Commercial Goods Transportation Fair Play Act.  Like its namesake the Construction Industry Fair Play Act, this measure addresses a specific… Continue Reading

New York Court of Appeals Issues Starbucks Tip Ruling

In a significant victory for New York employers, the New York Court of Appeals has now held that Starbucks’ tip splitting practices did not violate New York law. In answering the certified questions in In Re Starbucks, the Court held “an employee whose personal service to patrons is a principal or regular part of his… Continue Reading

Florida Prohibits Local Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

As widely reported, on May 8, 2013, the New York City Council passed the Earned Sick Time Act, providing time off for illness, either paid or unpaid depending on an employer’s size, to certain employees who work a minimum of 80 hours in a calendar year.  While Mayor Bloomberg has vetoed the Act as a… Continue Reading

Text of NY Minimum Wage Bill Finalized

The text of the New York legislature’s proposed minimum wage increase confirms increases as previously reported: ·         $8.00 on and after December 31, 2013 ·         $8.75 on and after December 31, 2014 ·         $9.00  on and after December, 2015. Per the language of the amendment, the minimum wage requirements for food service workers and other… Continue Reading

New York City Poised To Enact Paid Sick Days

New York City is expected to join the ranks of the growing number of jurisdictions which require private sector employers to provide paid sick days to employees.  The legislation, which is expected to be passed shortly by the City Council, reflects a compromise between advocates for such legislation, opponents within the business community and Council… Continue Reading