You Deserve A Break: Common Employer Lunch Break Rights Violations, Part II

In our last blog we explained some of your rights with regard to lunch and rest breaks, both at the federal level and in New York, and we also detailed two common violations of your wage rights with regard to breaks that are often practiced by employers in order to save a buck or two at your expense. Today, we will continue with Part II of our blog series on your lunch and rest break rights and detail two more Read More

You Deserve A Break: Common Employer Lunch Break Rights Violations, Part I

Here’s the good news: generally speaking, the law recognizes that it’s important for everybody to take breaks—it’s good for our health, and good for our ability to be productive at work! Lunch breaks and rest breaks are a vital aspect of employee morale and effectiveness. That being said, what may make good common sense and business sense does not always play out the way it’s supposed to in real life. Employees Read More

5 Common Illegal Wage Practices and What to do About Them

Far too many employers will do whatever they can to try to save a buck or two, and far too often those savings come at the expense of the wages you, as the employee, deserve. Make no mistake, underpayment or nonpayment of wages you have earned is a violation of the law, and you have the right to seek proper compensation. However, unscrupulous employers can be very sneaky and creative in the ways they take Read More

It’s Not About The Money

“It’s not about the money.” This is a phrase we hear all the time from people who have made the decision to stand up for their rights and contact us - but at the same time, fear that they may seem greedy for doing so.   It is and it isn’t about the money.  The money is a symptom.  Unfair treatment is often the root cause.  We can’t make your boss become a nice, fair person overnight.  But we can help you navigate Read More

“I just lost my job! What do I do?”

Fired. Let go. Terminated. Downsized. Given the boot. Involuntarily separated. Furloughed. Shown the door. Whatever the company you worked for may have chosen to call it, you suddenly and unexpectedly find yourself without a job. Below are some pragmatic, brass-tacks tips for how to get through this tough time and get back on your feet. Have Your Severance Agreement Reviewed by a Lawyer Sometimes when they Read More

Commissioned Workers Have Wage Rights Too!

Many people erroneously believe that if a person chooses to work in a profession where they are paid either fully or in part on commission, then they automatically forego their rights to federally mandated protections like minimum wage and overtime pay. This is a fallacy that needs to be corrected! There are multiple overlapping and intersecting laws that affect salespeople, and it is important to untangle them in Read More

Exempt Employee Status Explained

You may have heard in the news recently about political efforts that would change how exempt status works for employees by raising the salary threshold up from $455 a week to somewhere over $900 a week. What does that mean in real terms? The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which is the federal wage and hour law establishing rules for things like minimum wage and overtime, says that certain jobs fall outside the Read More

“I’m Not Being Paid Properly, But I’m Not a Complainer”

You work overtime every day, but your employer says he doesn’t have to pay you extra because you’re salaried. Or you worked all night, but your employer gives you an afternoon off in the following week to make up for it instead of paying you overtime. Or maybe you’re on call whenever you’re not in the office. You’re expected to call back within 10 minutes any time you get a call. You’re not getting paid anything Read More

What to Know If Your Boss Tries to Pay You “Under the Table”

If your boss is paying you under the table, he or she is probably presenting it as something done for your benefit. After all, if taxes aren’t being deducted from your paycheck, that makes your paycheck fatter. Unfortunately, there are all kinds of drawbacks for you too, and the real reason your boss isn’t paying you probably has more to do with saving on insurance and taxes than it does with trying to benefit Read More

What to Do If Your Boss Won’t Give You Your Final Paycheck

Unfortunately, some employers think they can hold your last paycheck hostage or not pay it at all. But they have no legal right to do that! In New York, you have to be paid by your next regular payday. If your employer fails to provide you with your last paycheck on time, this is a wage violation. If you’re in this situation, you need to contact an employment attorney immediately! Employers are required to give Read More