U.S. Department of Labor Raises Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemption

On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) updated the regulations governing the exemption of executive, administrative, and professional (“EAP”) employees from the federal minimum wage and … Continue Reading →

HR Directors May Have Personal Liability for Improper FMLA Determinations

A recent Federal appellate court decision in Graziadio v. Culinary Inst. of Am., 817 F.3d 415 (2d Cir. 2016), opens the door to findings of personal liability against HR directors … Continue Reading →

EEOC Sues Company Over Its “Voluntary” Wellness Program

Employers are instituting wellness programs at an increasing rate.  However, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently brought its second Americans with Disabilities Act suit over a company’s “voluntary” wellness … Continue Reading →

Employers Should Carefully Define Terms of Vacation Policy and Accruals

Employee handbooks should clearly specify the rate of accrual and conditions for earning paid vacation time, as highlighted by the New York State Appellate Division decision in Linwood v. United … Continue Reading →

Boston Medical Center to Pay $1.5 million to Nurses in Wage and Hour Class Action

Boston Medical Center (“BMC”) agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a class action brought by nurses under the Fair Labor Standards Act for docking employees’ wages for breaks they … Continue Reading →

NLRB Finds Hospital’s Dress Code Change Invalid

On April 30 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ordered a New Jersey hospital to cease from enforcing its new dress code, because it did not first notify the … Continue Reading →

EEOC Sues Long Island Employer For Making Its Employees Say “I Love You”

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) sued United Health Programs of America, Inc., and its parent company, for coercing its employees to take part in a religious practice and … Continue Reading →

New Law Establishes that NYC Interns Qualify as “Employees” Protected by Employment Discrimination Laws, Beginning June 14, 2014

On April 15, 2014, New York City Mayor DeBlasio signed a law to protect unpaid interns working in New York City from discrimination and harassment by their employers. Prior to … Continue Reading →

Employers Must Engage in Good Faith Interactive Process When Employee with a Known Disability Requests an Accommodation

On March 27, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that an employer who failed to engage in a good faith interactive process before denying a disabled employee an … Continue Reading →