Vanessa Matsis-McCready

Vanessa is an assistant general counsel and human resources consultant for Engage.

Vanessa assists Engage clients in the Northeast and across the country with a wide range of labor and employment issues. Before joining the Engage team, Vanessa was an employee relations manager at the Suffolk County Water Authority where she managed 500+ employees; she also previously handled HR compliance issues for Time Inc. and was an associate at the law firm, Kaye Scholer LLP where she represented financial institutions in all aspects of commercial real estate financing.

Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.

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Top Compliance Issues New York Employers Should Know About

August 13, 2019

Lawmakers in New York have made 2019 a banner year in the area of employment regulation, both at the state and local levels. If you are an employer in the state, you know the legal landscape is constantly changing and you need to stay on top of the latest rules in place wherever you have employees. Here is a list of the top compliance issues effecting private employers in New York as of this summer.

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.  

New Jersey - Paid Sick Leave Law

October 22, 2018

New Jersey passed a state-wide paid sick leave law which goes into effect on October 29, 2018. The law will allow employees to take up to 40 hours of paid time off annually for a covered reason, such as illness or preventative treatment, for themselves or a covered individual.  

Various New York State & City Employment Law Updates

October 4, 2018

Sexual Harassment Training

The state of New York and New York City recently passed laws that require annual training regarding sexual harassment. 

New York State Law

An Updated Equal Pay Act in Massachusetts

April 26, 2018

On July 1, 2018, an updated equal pay law will go into effect in Massachusetts, which applies to nearly all employers who have employees in this state.

The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) amends the current statutory prohibition against gender-based pay inequity by strengthening the protections offered to employees. No salary history may be asked, and the MEPA makes it illegal for an employer to pay employees of one gender lower compensation than another gender for comparable work.

What Employers Should Know About the DOL's New “PAID” Self-Audit Program

April 23, 2018

Minimum wage and overtime lawsuits are common and can be very costly to resolve. Employers can spend years embroiled in lengthy investigations, court hearings and trials.  A pilot program launched in April by the federal Department of Labor (DOL) seeks to help employers simplify the process and settle potential wage and hour and FLSA violation disputes without litigation. The Payroll Audit Independent Determination or “PAID” program is scheduled to be in place for six months and if successful, may become permanent.

New York Paid Family Leave Law

January 2, 2018

New York Paid Family Leave ("PFL") took effect on January 1, 2018. It is considered the most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy in the country. New York employers under this policy are those with one or more employees working on each of at least 30 days in any calendar year. Eligible employees will receive paid family leave to care for a qualified person.

How to Survive Summer in the Workplace

July 3, 2017

Summer is here and now is the time to review some common company policies.

New York State Establishing Paid Family Leave

June 12, 2017

New York State is "paving the way to the nation's strongest Paid Family Leave policy."  The state passed a Paid Family Leave law  that will affect most companies with employees in the state, including employers who are not covered by the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Hiring and Working with People on the Autism Spectrum

April 3, 2017

While employers are accustomed to providing ergonomic workstations for employees with repetitive motion disorders or flexible hours for an employee returning to work after surgery, employers are just beginning to get comfortable accommodating employees with different cognitive abilities, including individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

New York State Regs Governing Payroll Debit Cards

February 28, 2017

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) issued final regulations last September that would significantly increase requirements for employers using payroll debit cards as a method of wage delivery.

The new rules, set to take effect on March 7, 2017, were blocked on February 16, 2017 by the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals.

What Employers Need to Know about the New Form I-9

February 3, 2017

One of the documents most often used by employers is the I-9. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) form must be submitted to verify the identity and employment authorization of all new hires in the United States.

Planning the Company Holiday Party

November 17, 2016

The company holiday party should be an event for everyone in the workplace to look forward to and enjoy, but it requires careful planning.

Paying for Employee Travel Time

March 21, 2016

Under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, non-exempt employees must be given overtime pay of not less than one-and-a-half times their hourly rate for any hours worked beyond 40 each week. But what do you pay these employees when they travel for business purposes?

The following are some travel time scenarios and how to handle them:

Winter-Survival Tips: Managing Sick Employees and Snow Days

December 17, 2015

As winter drags on, employers should be prepared to contend with issues associated with the cold weather months.

Every company deals with some winter-related problems. Bad weather makes employees late, slowing down productivity or causing damage to company assets.

But not all winter-related problems require as much attention or management as others.

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