New York Severance Agreements

The Perils of Poorly Drafted Severance Agreements

On May 3rd, the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department handed down a decision in the case of Johnson v. Lebanese American University (LAU) (You can read or download the decision from the court’s website here:

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What Is the NYC Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence Protection Law?

Recent Court Ruling about Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence Protection Law. Recently, a New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division ruled on a Gender Motivated Violence Protection Act law case, which has potentially changed the legal landscape for employers. The case was Breest v Haggis. Details of the Victims of Gender-Motivated Protection Law (VGMVPA) Case

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COVID 19 Response Employment Impacts for New York Workers and Businesses

As we all know, there is only one issue in the news right now: the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), its varied impacts upon global societies, and the increasingly extraordinary measures being taken by nations, states and local governments to minimize the adverse health consequences to vulnerable populations

Read more: Queens Ledger – COVID 19 Response Employment Impacts for New York Workers and Businesses

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What Is Vicarious Employer Liability for Unlawful Harassment?

Legal Responsibility for Supervisors

Vicarious liability for unlawful harassment is a legal precedent that emerged as a result of various cases.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidelines that explain what this means. It cites the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth, 118 S. Ct. 2257 (1998), and Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, 118 S. Ct. 2275 (1998). The Supreme Court based its decision on two main factors:

An employer is responsible for the acts of its supervisors.
Employers should be encouraged to prevent harassment and employees should be encouraged to avoid or limit the harm from harassment.

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