Wage & Hour

New York City’s New Pay Transparency Law

On November 1, 2022, New York City’s pay transparency law took effect. The new law, enacted in January 2022, is a major step toward ensuring pay equity for New York City workers because it requires most New York City employers to disclose salary ranges in their job postings. Employee Rights Under the New Pay Transparency Law The new law amends…

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Adjusted for Inflation, the Federal Minimum Wage at Lowest in Decades

In December 2021, The Brookings Institution released portions of a study that revealed what the wage increases given to frontline workers at 13 “household name” companies actually mean in the bigger economic picture. At Amazon, for instance, the average hourly wage went up 17 percent, from a pre-Covid-19 pandemic $15.75 in January 2020 to $18.50 by October 2021. Employees at…

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New Yorkers Gain New Legal Protections Headed into 2022

In the last days of 2021, New Yorkers scored several legislative victories expanding legal protections for workers across the City and State. Below, our employment law attorneys explain the types of changes that will be enacted under the new laws in 2022. Legal Protection for Domestic Workers First, the State finally recognized what employment and labor laws have too often…

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Wage & Hour Laws

An Employee’s Rights Under Wage & Hour Laws The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guarantees employees the right to fair payment. Many employers ignore these rules to make employees work without fair pay or overtime. You may have wage and hour claims against your employer if they are in violation of payment guidelines, equal pay for equal work principles, or…

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Threatening Employees Based on Their Immigration Status Can Constitute Unlawful Retaliation Under Wage and Hour Laws

When an employee complains about an employer’s violation of wage and hour laws, anti-retaliation protections often kick in to protect the employee from being punished for complaining. Obvious examples of retaliation include firing or demoting the employee who complains. However, an employer’s retaliatory actions may also extend beyond the workplace. In some cases, the employer may try to use the…

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Under California’s Broad Definition of “Wages,” Executive-Level Employees May Be Able to Pursue Labor Code Wage Claims to Recover Unpaid Stock Grants, Bonuses, and Other Forms of Compensation

It should be well understood that an employee, including an executive, deprived of compensation promised by the employer and earned by the employee has a potential cause of action for breach of contract. But did you know that such an employee may also have a wage payment claim under applicable labor laws, particularly the California Labor Code? The consequences are…

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My Employer Threatened or Manipulated Me into Working. Was This Labor Abuse or Mistreatment That I Experienced Illegal?

Everyone deserves the right to choose a job where they are treated squarely and paid fairly for their hard work. Unfortunately, some abusive employers—whether businesses or individual bosses—violate this basic human right with exploitative working conditions. By abusing or mistreating workers, however, these employers may also be breaking the law; and therefore, be liable financially to workers for damages. A…

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