The following are new labor laws in 2019 for the state of New York.
If one of your News Year’s resolutions was to go on a “news diet”, then maybe you are one of the few lucky ones who is unaware that the partial government shutdown over border wall funding that started on December 21, 2018, continues, and seems poised to do so for the near future. While you may be thanking your lucky stars that you are not one of furloughed or unpaid federal employees, you may also be wondering how this government shutdown could impact your company. Aside from the litany of personal effects such as the disaster that has befallen the national parks and the possibility that income tax refund check processing will be delayed, there are some impacts that private employers may feel.
Do you have employees who are paid the minimum wage? Do you have tipped employees? Do you employ workers in more than one state? Do you make wage deductions, pay on a per job basis, or pay a salary to nonexempt employees, and have to ensure that your employees’ wages do not fall below the minimum wage for hours worked? No matter where you are located, what your industry is, or how many workers you employ, you need up-to-the-minute wage and hour information to comply with federal, state, and local laws and avoid costly lawsuits and intrusive, time-consuming investigations by wage compliance agencies.
According to the Hiscox Guide to Employee Lawsuits, U.S. employers face a 10.5% chance of an employee lawsuit in 2016. While you think your business might be safe with only a 10.5% chance at an employee lawsuit, the cost of one of these lawsuits can truly harm a business. The average cost of an employee lawsuit is $160,000! These employment claims can come from a number of areas, including:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year...except for HR departments who are unprepared to navigate the minefield of issues surrounding holiday parties and celebrations. While your company may be dreaming of an inclusive, tasteful acknowledgement of the winter holidays, you could wind up facing sexual harassment, religious discrimination, workers’ compensation, and wage and hour claims without expert advice from legal counsel. Here are some helpful hints for enjoying the holiday season while avoiding potential HR pitfalls: