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Not hiring applicants because of their debt?

When many people in Queens are being considered for a position, they are often asked to agree to a background check. Employers seem to think that they can find out more about an applicant by hiring an outside company to dig up his or her past than by working with the individual. Sadly, sometimes the results of those checks may lead to an employer passing on the applicant for someone else, and sometimes using a background check to pass over someone could be considered hiring discrimination.

EEOC Sues CVS Over Severance Agreements

"The big print giveth, and the fine print taketh away" according to the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. This is particularly true in employment severance agreements, where the fine print often include terms like "general release of claims," "non-disparagement" and "covenant not to sue." Employers rely on such language in employment and severance agreements in an attempt to end the threat of lawsuits and in return departing employees receive money or benefits. However, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") has recently found issue with one of the country's largest companies, CVS Pharmacy Inc., claiming that the language contained in CVS' severance agreements was "overly broad" and "misleading."

Car Wash Owners to pay $3.9 Million to Settle Labor Violations

Known as the "kingpins" of the New York City carwash industry, John Lage, Michael Lage and Fernando Magalhaes have agreed to pay millions of dollars in a settlement reached earlier in March 2014 for labor law violations and employee rights violations.

East Meadow Diner Must Pay Over $400,000 for Wage Violations

The owners of Colony Diner in East Meadow, New York were sentenced on November 14 to pay $338,000 plus $64,000 in fines and back taxes for intentionally underpaying their employees.

Microsoft Hits Delete Button on Its "Stack Ranking" Employee Review Method

Microsoft has recently announced that its human resources department is getting rid of its "stack ranking" method of reviewing employees. This system was very unpopular amongst its employees and management.

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