coins-currency-investment-insurance-128867Co-authored by Robert S. Whitman and Howard M. Wexler

With employers about to ring in 2017, the New York State Department of Labor—with only two days to spare—has finalized regulations to increase the salary threshold for exempt status. The regulations, originally introduced on October 19, 2016, take effect on December 31, 2016.

Employers were hopeful that the State
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Co-authored by Robert Whitman, Joanna Smith, and Samuel Sverdlov

Joining a budding national trend, renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group last week announced that he will eliminate formal tipping at his restaurants starting in 2016. Meyer stated that the new policy, aptly named “Hospitality Included,” is meant to better compensate “back of house” staff, who
Continue Reading Tip-Toeing Around Class Actions: Can a “No Tipping” Policy End Wage and Hour Litigation in the Hospitality Industry?

Authored by Robert S. Whitman

For New York City employers, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Make that a new Mayor.

As we have reported previously, New York City recently enacted the Earned Sick Time Act, which requires most private employers to give up to 40 hours of sick leave a year to their employees working in the City.
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seyfarth.jpgCo-authored by: Robert Whitman, Cameron Smith, John DiNapoli and Zack Sharpe

Earlier today, the New York City Council voted to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto and re-passed the Earned Sick Time Act.  New York now joins cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Portland, OR in requiring employers to provide sick leave to their workers.

As early as

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