Understanding Your Employment Rights
Our blog provides articles related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, hostile work environment, overtime pay and other areas involving employment law. While our blog posts are not intended as legal advice, they can help you gain a basic understanding of employment law and the legal system. Generally speaking, a greater understanding of employment rights tends to defuse the stress and feeling of overwhelm that many people experience when dealing with legal matters.
Greater Protection for Lawful Leave of Absences What rights do employees have for leave of absences? Further amendments are going into effect for lawful leave of absences that protect workers' rights. On November 21, 2022, NY Governor Kathy Hochul signed the...
Protection against Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment The Speak Out Act is the most recent federal bi-partisan effort to protect victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Many employees are familiar with nondisclosure agreements. However, another form of...
Restaurant Industry Claims with EEOC Are on the Rise Employment liability claims in the restaurant industry account for more complaints than any other industry. The EEOC indicated this fact even before the Covid pandemic. Details about EEOC employment liability claims...
Employee Rights Regarding Legal Cannabis Use Employment discrimination based on marijuana use that abides by state law is illegal. Cannabis is now a legal consumable product for New York adults. However, legal guidelines exist to protect employers and employees....
What Employees and Employers Should Know About Healthcare Worker Bonuses A NYS Healthcare worker bonus was part of the money allocated for the 2023 state budget. In fact, New York State allocated $1.2 billion in bonuses for frontline healthcare workers. The bonus has...
What leaves are permitted for family members? Taking family leaves is a right that employees have through both federal and New York State laws. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Based on federal law, employers with 50 employees, who worked for 20 weeks in the...
What work schedule rights do you have? Work schedule rights for employees fall under NY State laws. As an employee, you may wonder what your rights are regarding work schedules. Employees Rights under NYS Laws Special laws apply to minors, individuals younger than 18...
Prohibitions for Retaliation Extend to Leaked Personnel Files In March 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law that broadened employees' protection against retaliation. New York laws protect employees who file discrimination or harassment claims....
Is it legal for your employer to access your social media? There is no New York State law that protects social media privacy in the workplace. This is especially true if you are using a company computer, mobile device or other company device with an internet...
Are there questions your prospective employer or employer should not ask? New York law protects your rights in employment interviews and the workplace under New York State Human Rights Law. It is wise to know your rights so you can recognize discrimination, should the...
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