As New York employees may know, employers are obligated to pay overtime when an excess of 40 hours per week is worked. Violating employee overtime regulations may cause problems for both the employee and employer. From 2008 to 2011, the number of lawsuits concerning failure to pay overtime grew by 32 percent. Employees may benefit from being alert to the ways used to avoid overtime pay.
New York readers with a taste for fast food may be interested in the latest issue for McDonald's and the labor practices of its franchisees. Labor law experts feel that the chain could be named as a joint employer in numerous complaints filed by workers at franchised restaurants. This could make the McDonald's Corporation liable for the management decisions of franchisees.
U.S. citizens are not the only people who enjoy employee rights. New York state labor laws protect all workers, including foreign-born employees who might be classified as undocumented, according to the state's Department of Labor. Regardless of immigration status, everyone is entitled to receive overtime pay, be paid at least minimum wage, and have the right to file complaints in cases of wrongful termination and other employment disputes.
A United States senator from New York has introduced a bill to modify how family and medical leave is handled on a national level. The Family and Medical Leave Act has provided eligible workers with job protection for qualifying family and medical reasons when taking leave from work to address the issues.
An interesting issue arose recently in a case involving the Family and Medical Leave Act and a worker from a Mid-Atlantic State. Many people throughout New York and Long Island may associate FMLA leave with childbirth or adoption issues. But, the law applies to a wide variety of other medical and family issues.