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What the DOL’s Proposed New Salary Thresholds Mean to New York Employers

April 15, 2019

The new federal overtime rules recently proposed by the Department of Labor sparked some concerns among employers across the country, but perhaps not so much in New York. Employers in the state are already well acquainted with dealing with higher salary minimums for some so-called “white-collar” workers. In addition, there is also a primary job duties test that must be met under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

For most businesses nationwide, exempt employees will usually fall into one of the three white collar exemption categories: executive, administrative and professional. Each exemption has its own unique set of duties and requirements that must be met in addition to meeting the salary threshold.  

A Guide to Managing Employee Website Usage

March 11, 2019

Employers need to be mindful of the tension between technology and privacy rights in the workplace - whether employees are working from home, the coffee shop or the office.

New Federal Overtime Rule Proposed by the DOL

March 8, 2019

On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) formally proposed its much anticipated changes to the federal overtime regulations governing white collar workers. The DOL proposed an increase in the salary threshold for white collar exemptions to $35,308 per year from $23,660. This proposed rule is only the first step in a lengthy review process and has not yet been adopted as law.

What this could mean for employers:

Recognizing Potential Workplace Violence

February 18, 2019

Creating a safe work environment used to mean focusing on things like air quality and slip and fall accidents. Sadly, today's world has workplace safety managers examining safe zones and evacuation routes to prepare for n active shooter entering the workplace.

It is a scenario that few want to think about – but it’s important to be prepared.

The Hot HR Trends to Watch This Year

February 1, 2019

The success of HR will largely be based on staying nimble, evolving their organization’s policies and leveraging technological advances to ultimately reshape their workplace practices.

With that in mind, here are the top HR trends that will take center stage in 2019.

Is Your Company Ready for the New California Law on Sexual Harassment Training?

January 22, 2019

In the wake of repeated, high-profile allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace, organizations across the country are re-examining their policies, and many are voluntarily re-writing their rules when it comes to employee training, reporting and response procedures when allegations are made. 

But it’s not just the accepted standards and operational guidelines at individual businesses that are under discussion; the law is changing. 

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