Labor Law

August 27, 2017

Your Right to Your Tips

Are You Getting All Your Tips? At Leeds Brown Law, P.C. our attorneys know that working as a food service worker is difficult. Every shift you depend on your customers to come through with good tips and generously supplement your meager cash wages. If you are earning at least $30.00 per month in gratuities, you are considered a tipped employee. You are not alone. New York City, Long Island and the surrounding metropolitan area are […]
November 19, 2015

Are Budget Constraints Chipping Away at the Rights of Teachers?

School districts across America have tough decisions to make every year. They create policies, oversee curriculum issues, and choose who to hire and fire. Wouldn’t it be nice if all of their decisions were guided by “what is best for the children”? Unfortunately, this is not the reality of the world we live in. Looming above every decision a board of education or school district makes, is the annual budget. As moves are made to […]
November 13, 2015

No Tipping Policy Holds Up in Court, Tips Go to Business

How often do you go to your favorite coffee bar or pizza place and see a jar on the counter? Perhaps the jar says “tips appreciated” or “tips for good service.” You probably drop your change in there as a way to say thank you to the person who gets your morning started or makes your favorite slice. Sometimes, there may not be a cup or collection jar, but you tell the employee to “keep […]
November 10, 2015

Tipping is Vanishing from Some Restaurants

Will You Be Tipping Your Server at Your Next Meal? It Depends on Where You’re Eating. Eating out is one of America’s favorite past-times. We may go out to celebrate a special occasion, to enjoy a Saturday night with friends, or to share Sunday brunch with the family. Regardless of what brings us out to eat, we all have places we love to go to enjoy good food, service, and company.   Americans spent over $650 […]
April 14, 2015

U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds New York Wage Parity Law for Health Care Workers

Court Says New York Law Not Preempted by Federal Law As part of a Medicaid reform bill enacted in 2011, the New York legislature passed what is commonly known as the “wage parity law” for home health care workers. The statute, which sought to bring pay for “home health aides” in line with wages for “personal care” aides, establishes a minimum rate of total compensation employers must provide to qualify for Medicaid reimbursement in New […]
December 12, 2014

Equal Pay Act Falling Short

Study Shows Women Still Paid Less for Similar Work When President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, proponents foresaw a future where men and women working in the same jobs would be paid the same wages. At the time, statistics showed that women earned about 59 cents to the dollar for the same work that a man did. It’s a half a century later and have we reached the point where […]
April 7, 2014

Federal Judge in Manhattan Conditionally Certifies Class of Unpaid Interns at Viacom and MTV

New York NY – A New York federal judge granted conditional collective certification status Friday to former interns at Viacom and MTV who claim to have been denied proper wages as required by state and federal law. In a decision published Friday, U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman approved procedures to allow the participation of all current and former Viacom and MTV interns who worked for the media giants since April 4, 2011. Judge Furman […]