Have You Been Accused of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Attorney Stephen Hans appeared in an NY NBC video to give a statement regarding the case brought against his client by rehab counselor Jennifer Lastra.
Growing Concerns About Sexual Harassment in Employment Environments

New York NBC News recently reported that more than $5 million has gone into settling lawsuits brought against 70 New York employees accused of sexual harassment or gender discrimination.
In addition, half of the accused employees have been allowed to keep their jobs.

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New York City’s Earned Safe and Sick Time Act

ESTA and ESSTA
The revised Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA) is now called the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESSTA), and it became effective on May 5, 2018.
Employers should provide all newly hired employees with a Notice of Employee Rights and also provide it to all current employees that were hired prior to June 4, 2018.
How Does ESSTA Differ from ETSA?

ESSTA differs from ESTA in mainly two ways.
Expanded Definition of Family Member

It provides a more comprehensive definition of a family member, which includes any individual who is blood related to the employee and also individuals whose close connection with the employee is equivalent to a family relationship.

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Sexual Harassment Protest: Google Walkout

Thousands of Employees Worldwide Protest Google’s Handling of Sexual Harassment

The Google Walkout on November 1, 2018 in protest of sexual harassment was a worldwide event. The largest gathering of protesters, numbering in the thousands, occurred in Silicon Valley, California where Google Headquarters is located.

In addition, The New York Times reported that workers protested internationally in Singapore, Hyderabad, Berlin, Zurich, London, Chicago and Seattle, to name a few locations. New York also had a large number of protesters. An estimated 3,000 people gathered to protest in a city park.

Since the #Metoo movement began a year ago, sexual harassment has topped the list in anti-discrimination movements. A number of states have passed stricter laws to prohibit sexual harassment, and New York has passed the most stringent sexual harassment training laws in the nation.

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Employers: Do You Have Your Sexual Harassment Training in Place?

Employers: Do You Have Your Sexual Harassment Training in Place?
What Does the New Sexual Harassment Training Require?
By now, hopefully many employers in New York have become aware of the new sexual harassment training laws that went into effect on October 9, 2018. Under the new law, all New York employers, no matter how many employees you have, are required under State law to establish a sexual harassment training policy.

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What Is the Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program?

Should You Participate in Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID)?
The Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) may be a solution for some restaurant owners to deal with wage violations. Even so, it is always wise to get a legal opinion so you can make an informed decision that protects your interests.
How Does PAID Work?
The incentive that PAID offers is that employers can resolve potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the FLSA without resorting to litigation.

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