Wage and Hour

May 21, 2018
Overtime Pay

Am I Owed Overtime Pay Or Does My Job Classify Me As Exempt?

Is your employer withholding overtime pay? Do you feel you are owed overtime pay? Some employers will engage in unlawful practices to avoid their responsibilities of paying their employees overtime. One such unlawful practice is job misclassification. Learn how you can protect your employee rights.
May 11, 2018
New York Tip Credit Sexual Harassment

Will Tipped NY Workers Get Paid Minimum Wage Without The Tip Credit To Deter Sexual Harassment?

Federal law and most states allow restaurants, bars, caterers & hotels to apply a tip credit so their service workers can meet minimum wage requirements. An alarming number of tipped workers, especially women, report that relying on tips exposes them to sexual harassment. Will New York eliminate the tip credit?
December 28, 2017

New York Increases Minimum Wage in 2018

New Year Means Increased Minimum Wage for Employees in New York At Leeds Brown Law, P.C. our unpaid wage lawyers believe that knowledge is power. The more you know about your rights as an employee, the better equipped you are to spot problems with your paychecks. Learning about your most basic rights to minimum wage, overtime pay, and the hours that make up your workweek, can help ensure you are receiving all the money your […]
June 1, 2017

NYC Passes Fair Workweek Legislation to Help Many Employees

New York City Continues to Protect Low-Wage Workers According to Reuters, in May 2017, Mayor DeBlasio signed a package of bills that will provide additional protections and rights to some employees in New York City. The laws, collectively called the “Fair Work Week” package, will go into effect near the end of the year and “will cover some 65,000 fast food workers.” The legislation is the Mayor’s attempt to address what he feels are abuses […]
April 19, 2017

New York City Signs Equal Pay Bill

New York City Council Signs Equal Pay Bill On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the New York City Council gave overwhelming approval to a bill that prevents public and private employers from inquiring about salary history. The bill was introduced in August 2016 by Letitia James, New York City’s Public Advocate. NBC News reports that equal pay advocates hope that the legislation will help close the gender wage gap that “disproportionately hurts Asian, black, and Hispanic […]
March 30, 2017

Federal Court Blocks Changes to FLSA Overtime Salary Threshold

Federal Threshold for Overtime Blocked By Court The National Law Review in their 2017 web-edition of Hot Topics in Employment Law states, “It’s old news that, at the eleventh hour, a federal district court in Texas temporarily blocked the changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemptions expected to be implemented by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) effective December 1, 2016.” The FLSA requires that employees be paid time and a […]
March 18, 2017

National Restaurant Association (NRA)Challenges Tip Rules

National Restaurant Association Asks Court to Review Rules About Pooling Tips In 2011, the US Department of Labor (DOL) amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to explicitly prohibit the practice of permitting front-of-house workers to share gratuities with back-of-house employees. According to Eater, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) has asked the US Supreme Court to hear a case to decide “if employee tips may be collected by the employer and redistributed among tipped and/or […]