Virtual Professionalism: A Necessity for Remote Workplaces

As we enter another week of working from home, we continue finding ways to meet with people through the many online options for video conferencing. Whether you are using Zoom, Google Hangouts, Uber Conference, Skype, or any other format, it is important to remember to practice professionalism. I am sure many of us have seen […]

FLSA Overtime Rule Changes

The FLSA overtime rule determines whether employees are eligible or exempt for overtime pay. Exempt employees, because of their rate of pay and type of work that they do, are not eligible for overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Nonexempt employees must be paid time and a half for any hours worked more than 40 in […]

Are lunch breaks Mandatory in New York State

Must you allow lunch breaks for your staff? According to the New York State Department of Labor, Lunch breaks must be given to staff. The length of the required break depends on the industry and shift: Factory employees are entitled to a one-hour break between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mercantile employees and all other […]

2020 Salary Changes

Salary-increase budgets for U.S. employers are projected to grow next year by just 0.1 percent above the actual average budget increase for 2019, confirming that wage growth isn’t accelerating much despite record-low unemployment. U.S. salary budgets are projected to rise by an average (mean) of 3.3 percent in 2020, up from an actual year-over-year increase […]

OSHA Violation

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited U.S. Nonwovens Corp. – a home and personal care fabric product manufacturer – for repeat and serious safety violations after an employee suffered a fractured hand at the plant in Hauppauge, New York. The company faces $287,212 in penalties. Investigators determined the […]

Age Discrimination Settlement

Google has agreed to pay $11 million to end a class-action lawsuit involving 227 people accusing the company of systemically discriminating against job applicants who were over the age of 40. Under the final settlement agreement, presented to a federal judge July 19, plaintiffs will collect an estimated $35,000 each. Under the settlement, parent company […]

Department of Labor looks to help women affected by opioid crisis.

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a new grant program to help women affected by the opioid crisis re-enter the workforce. The Re-Employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic (RESTORE) grant will award $2.5 million to organizations that assist in providing coordinated, employment-focused services to women. The RESTORE program will […]

Combating Sexual Harassment: Frequently Asked Questions

With many changes on the horizon with Sexual Harassment laws, being informed is not an option. Here is a wealth of Q&A’s to help get you started on your journey of education