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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 State Court Reiterates That Commissions Are Not Wages Until Earned

Ensuring contracts and agreements reflect when incentive compensation – usually “commissions” – is earned is of paramount importance to New York employers who wish to maximize their rights, as evidenced by a recent decision from New York County Supreme Court Justice Ellen M. Coin.  Sherwin v Mestel & Co. N.Y., LLC, 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS … Continue Reading

Proposed Amendment To New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act A Mixed Blessing for Employer Community

Following several rounds of lobbying and legislative proposals, both houses of the New York State Legislature this week passed a bill repealing the annual wage notice requirement (requiring a written notice during the month of January regardless of the timing of pay increases or date of hire) codified in New York Labor Law § 195 … Continue Reading

New York State Appellate Court Reinforces Employers’ Right To Define Terms of Vacation Policy

It is well-established under both New York court decisions and Department of Labor guidance that “a former employee is entitled to be paid for vacation pursuant to the ‘contract between the parties.’”  See Matter of Glenville Gauge Co. v. Industrial Bd of Appeals of State of NY, 70 AD2d 283 (1979).  A recent decision, in … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Declines Catsimatidis’ Invitation To Review FLSA Liability

Though the high court recently has accepted other petitions for certiorari on FLSA issues, today the Court declined Gristede’s owner and former NYC mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis’ request that the Court take up his case and review the imposition of individual liability imposed by the Second Circuit.  Catsimatidis v. Irizarry, 2014 U.S. LEXIS 1802 (2014).  … 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

Second Circuit Finds Gristede’s Owner to Be Individually Liable “Employer” Under FLSA

Reviewing a district court decision issued two years ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed a ruling finding John Catsimatidis, the CEO and owner of New York-area grocery chain Gristede’s (and a New York Mayoral Candidate), individually liable for wages under the FLSA based on the “economic realities” of … 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 Appeals Court Affirms That Policy Language Governs Whether Vacation Must Be Paid Out

While some areas of wage-and-hour law are regulated extensively under the New York Labor Law and the relevant Wage Orders, in the area of vacation pay (and similar paid time off benefits) New York employers can define the terms of the benefit based on the seminal court decision addressing these issues, Glenville Gage Co. v. … Continue Reading

New York High Court To Hear Oral Argument In Closely Watched Starbucks Appeal

On May 28, 2013, New York’s highest state court, the New York Court of Appeals, will hear oral argument regarding the scope and application of New York Labor Law 196-d and its tip splitting provisions to Starbucks’ tip pooling practices. The court’s analysis of these issues, which came to the court as certified questions from the … Continue Reading

NY Dept. of Labor Issues Proposed Regulations Concerning Wage Deductions

The New York Department of Labor has issued proposed regulations interpreting revised New York Labor Law § 193, concerning permissible deductions from wages.  The proposed regulations are available here, and are scheduled to be published in the May 22, 2013 issue of the State Register, with public comments regarding their content accepted until and including … 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
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