Employee Handbooks

An employee handbook is an instrument that is widely used by employers to communicate their expectations and policies to employees. There are many reasons to develop and distribute an employee handbook. These written documents enable employers to clearly outline what is expected from employees and what employees can expect from the employer. In the event of a dispute […]

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Are same sex marriages covered under FMLA?

The U.S. Department of Labor recently amended the definition of spouse under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to cover more same sex marriages. Previously, a “place of residence” rule was followed, meaning that the law of the state where the employee resides governed. If that state did not recognize same sex marriages, the […]

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Compliance Tips for Employers

Employers in New York are subject to numerous federal, state and local laws and regulations that mandate compliance. These include wage and hour laws, anti-discrimination laws, leave requirements under the Family Medical Leave Act and obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, among a host of others. Businesses are sometimes unaware of their obligations and […]

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