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December 2015 Archives

Working against age discrimination

Employers in New York are prohibited from discriminating against older workers because of their age. Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, workers over the age of 40 are legally protected from age discrimination. Despite the employment laws that were set up to prevent age discrimination, older workers often feel that they are turned down for jobs and promotions because employers prefer to hire younger workers.

2015 has been big year for wage and hour law disputes

Employers in New York and around the country have been facing more wage and hour law claims than ever before. A new study found that federal filings have gone up by 450 percent over the past 15 years. As of the end of September, there were 9,000 new wage and hour lawsuits that had been filed in federal court in 2015, not to mention the thousands of other wage and hour lawsuits that were filed in state courts.

Anti-Muslim discrimination in the workplace

Workers in New York and throughout the United States are protected from discrimination on the basis of religion. Unfortunately, discrimination in hiring and advancement continues to take place. In addition, some individuals may be subjected to a hostile workplace due to discriminatory attitudes demonstrated by management and coworkers alike.

The laws on non-competition agreements

Many New York employers require prospective or existing employees to sign non-competition agreements. These documents, often signed as a condition of employment, prevent a departing employee from seeking other employment opportunities within the described field until an agreed-upon amount of time has passed.

Nurses in New York and required overtime

Nurses may be required to work overtime in many parts of the country when hospitals or other medical facilities are understaffed due to an emergency situation or employees taking vacations or calling in sick, but New York is one of the states that has passed a law protecting nurses from mandatory overtime. New York lawmakers passed Restrictions on Consecutive Hours of Work for Nurses in 2009 and authorized the state's Department of Labor to enforce the regulations.