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Wages and Overtime Law

New York City Fast Food and Retail Workers Look Forward to Fair Scheduling and Work Hours

Posted June 6th, 2017 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

New York City workers and employee advocates cheered as the city last week passed legislation designed to protect some of its most vulnerable workers.  After being approved by the City Council on May 24, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Fair Work Week legislative package into law on May 30, 2017, stating that “thousands of […]

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Under NYC’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act, Freelance Workers Can Recover for Late/Unpaid Wages and Retaliation

Posted May 31st, 2017 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

On May 15, 2017, the Freelance Isn’t Free Act went into effect in New York City, providing freelance workers with a statutory basis to recover in court for late or unpaid wages, retaliation, or other violations of the Act. Subject to a few exceptions, the Act applies to any individual (regardless of immigration status) who […]

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Tell-Tale Signs of Independent Contractor Misclassification

Posted April 17th, 2017 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Uber. Lyft. Instacart. Caviar. Homejoy. It seems hardly a month passes without news about a lawsuit alleging that these on-demand gig-economy services are ripping off their workers.  Uber and Lyft alone have been sued in dozens of lawsuits alleging that they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors.  Some drivers who sued Uber reached a class […]

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Why 20-Somethings Should Care About Equal Pay (and your Equal Pay Day Playlist!)

Posted April 12th, 2016 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

If you’ve been on social media today, you probably know that it’s Equal Pay Day. Congratulations, ladies: we’re trending on Twitter (far ahead of #NationalGrilledCheeseDay). And now that we’re a solid four months into 2016, the average woman’s earnings have finally caught up to what the average man made…in 2015. If you’re anything like me, […]

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Overtime Could Be in Jeopardy for 5 Million Workers

Posted February 24th, 2016 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Bureaucracy is boring. “Regulatory Plans,” “Notice and Comment,” “Final Rules”—the Administrative State tends to glaze eyes. But for a moment last July, the media set its gaze on bureaucracy. That’s because a bureaucratic agency, the Department of Labor, proposed a rule that could increase the wages of millions of workers. Specifically, the DOL proposal makes […]

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Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You?: Published Pay Information

Posted February 1st, 2016 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

For every woman who’s ever questioned if she is paid less than her male colleagues, President Obama has an answer: Let’s run the numbers. According to a proposed rule, businesses with more than 100 employees will soon provide salary data to the EEOC annually, along with the more general information on workforce demographics employers have […]

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Gossiping About Coworker Pay: Employee Rights At Stake

Posted October 2nd, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

I have been psychologically conditioned by American culture to feel that open discussion about salaries is deeply uncomfortable, as if it involved baring your personal finances. I have earned money ever since I was 9 years old, working as a mommy’s helper for neighbors, to supplement my small weekly allowance. And I learned very early […]

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California Leads the Way in Equal Pay

Posted September 4th, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

In the realm of American politics and culture, California is known for leading the way on a host of issues, from the environment to the tech boom. Now the Golden State is poised to launch one of the nation’s boldest attempts to fix pay inequality between men and women. The state’s proposed Fair Pay Act, […]

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Q&A with Anne Collier

Posted May 13th, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

In recent Q&A, I talked with Debrah Farnell, a financial advisor, about how she counsels women to make the most of their money (a subject that Kate K. has also posted on recently).  I asked her whether she counsels her clients in talking about money at their job.  She mentioned that her friend Anne Collier, […]

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The Fight For $15 and a Fair Schedules

Posted April 21st, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

On April 15, thousands of workers and their allies rallied for better wages.  The Fight for $15 has expanded from a small group of fast food workers to thousands of retail employees, child care workers, home care providers, and adjunct professors. Indeed, news outlets are now reporting on how presidential campaigns will respond to the […]

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