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Living Wage Opponents in N.Y. Ready to Tell Their Side

May 6, 2011
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After a long silence, small-business owners, real estate developers and others form a broad coalition to fight the proposed bill to mandate living wages; education and PR campaigns are planned.
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Chambers in New York Target Living Wage Bill

March 17, 2011
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Alliance of groups to fight City Council bill that would require tenants of city-subsidized developments to pay workers more than minimum wage.
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Appeals Court Ruling on OT Pay to Sales Reps Stands

March 2, 2011
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The 2nd Circuit Court’s July 2010 ruling stands because the Supreme Court decided not to hear the case. It affects about 2,500 current and former sales representatives employed by Novartis who are suing for unpaid overtime.
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Employment Practice Audits The Seven Most Common and Often Costly Mistakes

January 6, 2011
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Proactive HR departments can also use audits to assess the potential impact certain business decisions may have on protected class members. Making sure to conduct an effective audit is crucial.
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Reporters Not Exempt From FLSA Overtime Requirements

December 15, 2010
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Employers should carefully review overtime pay exemptions found in the federal and state overtime laws because incorrect classifications may result in substantial liability not only under those laws, but also under related state laws involving unlawful business acts or practices.
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New York Labor Department Says Shuttered Hospital Owes Workers $50 Million

November 11, 2010
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State agency is going after St. Vincent’s Hospital for abruptly closing without giving enough notice to staff; hospital lawyers warn claim could ‘derail’ bankruptcy plans.
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FedEx to Pay $2.3 Million Over Independent Contractors

October 21, 2010
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The settlement follows a yearlong investigation by Montana that found FedEx Ground drivers are employees, not independent contractors, and that FedEx owed unemployment taxes, penalties and interest, according to the attorney general’s office.
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A Bittersweet Win for Former N.Y. Bakery Workers

September 10, 2010
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National Labor Relations Board affirms legal ruling that now-shuttered bakery’s owners didn’t play fair with union when seeking wage concessions that led to lengthy strike. Millions in back pay at stake.
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The New Order at the Labor Department

August 6, 2010
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Commentary: The Labor Department has recently announced major new initiatives that suggest it is more interested in catching noncompliant employers than helping employers to comply with labor regulations.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Outsourcing Our Payroll Function?

August 3, 2010
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We have been approached by a nationally known payroll company that has proposed to hire our 50 employees and lease them back to us. The major benefit for us would be dramatic savings in health insurance costs, due to the employees being part of a larger pool. What are the possible downsides of an arrangement like this for us?
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