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On January 30, 2014, New York City entered a new phase of combatting pregnancy discrimination in the workplace with the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act finally going into effect. The law will now require employers to reasonably accommodate pregnant workers, similar to the reasonable accommodation that is required to be provided for disabled employees under the New York City Human Right Law. This

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Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court heard a case, United States v. Quality Stores Inc. No. 12-1408, that will ultimately determine whether severance payments to employees who were involuntarily dismissed are taxable under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax (“FICA”), which helps pay for Medicare Health Insurance and Social Security retirement pensions. Companies and their employees typically pay FICA taxes. Specifically, the

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New York is finally moving in line with other states to bring minimum wage levels closer to what is necessary to keep people above the poverty line. The first of three increases to the New York State minimum wage took effect on December 31, 2013. The minimum wage will increase to $8.00 per hour on December 31, 2013; $8.75 per hour on

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Just in time for the holiday season, when we expect most residents of New York to be generous, kind and understanding with their feelings and thoughts, we get this – more evidence that the New York City Fire Department (“FDNY”) continues to be an environment susceptible to discrimination. Last week, it was reported that two of the city’s Bravest had claimed that

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An unpaid intern position – the stepping stone to what ultimately could be your dream job. But before you even have the opportunity to interview for it, you’ll have to pay your dues, going through the trenches for a position, which is almost certainly not what you originally expected. Instead of doing substantive work that could further your experience in whichever field

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In a relatively surprising recent decision set down by New York’s Highest Court in Romanello v. Intesa Sanpaolo, S.p.A., (N.Y. Oct. 10, 2013), the New York Court of Appeals held that the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) continues to afford broad protection to aggrieved employees, but now places the burden on employers to prove that an employee cannot, without reasonable

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Back in October of last year, we posted a blog concerning a Federal Bill, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which Democrats in the Senate were trying to push through the Congress. Regrettably, due to the recent madness and polarization of the Congress, nothing was ever brought to the floor for a vote. Fortunately, New York City and its elected representatives have heeded

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