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Retaliation for workers asserting rights is illegal

Under both state and federal law, workers in New York are protected when they assert their rights to be paid for what they are owed. If they file a complaint with the state or federal government about not getting paid for hours that they have worked, employers are forbidden from taking retaliatory action against them.

House votes on FLSA rule

Some New York workers find that overtime rules can be confusing, and national lawmakers may continue the confusion as they work on legislation aimed at delaying the implementation of important changes. A modernization effort by the Department of Labor is aimed at increasing the salary levels of previously exempt employees. However, a Sept. 28 vote in the House of Representatives could delay this change for several months.

Court rules independent workers retain certain rights

Independent contractors in New York might start to enjoy increased protection based on a federal court ruling involving a dancer in a strip club. In that case, the dancer sued to be considered an employee rather than an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The strip club then countersued, claiming a breach of contract, and said that the dancer had to pay it dance fees she had collected from customers.

Do you understand new overtime rule in relation to your pay?

In some cases, a worker will take a job, put in their hours and deposit their paycheck without putting a whole lot of thorough thought behind the laws that govern their pay. Wage and hour laws can be confusing -- especially when they evolve over the course of one's lifetime. 

'I didn't realize' is not an excuse to violate overtime pay law

There have been many changes regarding overtime pay in the United States recently. More workers are eligible for earning overtime pay. This should put employers in the position of more closely examining wage and hour laws within their companies. 

4 ways your job could change in light of new overtime rules

A couple months ago, we wrote a blog informing readers of the changes coming to the federal overtime rule. In that post, which can be read in full here, we mentioned the fact that a significant number of New York employees could start seeing a healthy increase in their checks if they are among those affected by the new overtime pay threshold.

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