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July 2015 Archives

What is a severance agreement?

With today's economy forever evolving and still trying to pick itself up from the recent recession, many employees still find themselves losing their jobs. The reasons to lay off an employee are varied. It may be budgetary cuts, the merging of two companies, downsizing, outsourcing or just the purging of veteran employees with high salaries in favor of a newer crowd. With the exception of discrimination on the grounds of national origin, race, religion, sex, age or disability, an employee may be fired for any number of reasons.

Amityville associate principal files racial discrimination suit

As racial issues continue to stay on the forefront of the daily news cycle, we are unfortunately learning of another possible racial discrimination case, this time in Long Island. Since his hiring in 2014, a black associate principal at Amityville High school has felt he was, "set up for failure and given no support" during his employment at the school.

Understanding your rights if you're terminated from work

Being fired from work can feel like a swift punch in the gut. Not only can your personal ego feel damaged with beliefs that you're inadequate, unwanted or just not good enough for the job, but you must also face the reality with your family and friends. In addition, whatever income you had been receiving is now gone.

President Obama plans to change overtime for 5 million workers

Many employees throughout the United States work well over 40 hours per week, yet not all receive compensation for the extra work. Currently, salaried employees earning less than $23,660 per year are entitled to overtime pay for working more than 40 hours in a week. President Obama is now proposing that the minimal income be raised to $50,400 per year for salaried employees to earn overtime pay.

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