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June 2015 Archives

How ERISA helps with employee benefits

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act, also known as "ERISA," was enacted in 1974 in an effort to administer rules for employers to provide pension and insurance benefit plans for retiring employees. The act also addresses pre-paid legal services, apprenticeship and training programs for employees, as well as scholarship funds and day care centers for children of employees.

Public hearing to consider raising New York minimum wage

With the 2016 presidential election just around the corner, it appears that employment wages, including minimum wages on both the federal, state and city level, have become important talking points. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour. The New York state minimum wage is $8.75, which will be raised to $9.00 per hour on December 31, 2015.

Abercrombie & Fitch loses employment discrimination lawsuit

Workers have many protections against discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, age, religious beliefs and, in some states, sexual orientation. Failure to abide by such laws could lead to a lawsuit against an employer who is alleged to have engaged in discrimination. On Monday, June 8, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a religious discrimination lawsuit against a Muslim job seeker against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Store, Inc.

Does your employment contract contain a restrictive covenant?

Employees may sometimes feel like they are at a disadvantage when working for a large business. With more power, control and money at their disposal, it may seem like a business can bully its way to a favorable outcome in the event of a disagreement. And, this does not necessarily occur during the course of a working relationship, but may have already been agreed upon and signed if a New York resident signed a restrictive covenant agreement.

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