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John Zaher (631) 207-1057, ext. 8
Hank Russell (631) 207-1057, ext. 4
PRMG New York
On April 12, 2014, attorney Steven Mitchell Sack “The Employee’s Lawyer,” will appear on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” to speak about the recent ruling that allows certain information technology staff members in France to turn off their cell phones and laptops after hours.
French labor unions and two employers’ federations for the technology and consulting industries reached an agreement after a court last year found the existing employee protections regarding work hours were not sufficient. The current deal allows IT workers at risk of burnout the opportunity to refuse to answer emails or text messages from employers. It also makes sure that they will be connected without infringing on their rights under the country’s 35-hour work week.
“Workers should be able to put their own personal health above their jobs,” Mr. Sack said. “If your job is taking a mental, physical or emotional toll on you, speak to an employment lawyer to explore your rights and options. Additionally, if you are an hourly worker who is required to be available to a supervisor after hours, you might consider time spent texting or responding to a boss after hours as compensable time. Furthermore, if you are fired for refusing to respond after hours and your unemployment benefits are contested by the former employer, you may have a reasonable basis to receive such benefits after a hearing.”
For more information, call (917) 371-8000 or visit www.theemployeeslawyer.com.
About Steven Mitchell Sack
Steven Mitchell Sack “The Employee’s Lawyer®,” has been enforcing workplace rights of employees, executives, and sales representatives for over 30 years. He is a practicing attorney concentrating in employment law, as well as an author of 19 books, a lecturer and syndicated radio talk show host. He obtained a favorable decision for a group of waiters who were denied their fair share of tips that were held back by a caterer. For more information, visit www.theemployeeslawyer.com.
Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach proposed a bill late March 2014 that would ban employment discrimination based on an applicant’s marital or familial status.
Profiling based on marital or parental status occurs when potential employers ask job applicants if they have children, plan to have children, or are married. Leach contends that all too often, a qualified applicant makes it to the final stages of the hiring process only to be asked if they have children. If the answer is yes, the job suddenly goes to somebody else. Read more
The Supreme Court recently ruled that lump sum severance payments made to laid-off employees can be subject to FICA taxes. This overrules a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court, which ruled that such payments did not have to be taxed.
In the case of U.S. v. Quality Stores, the store claimed $1 million in FICA tax refunds when it laid off thousands of employees after entering bankruptcy in 2001. In the fall of 2012, the Sixth Circuit ruled that the severance was not subject to FICA taxes. Read more
For years, New Yorkers and individuals around the country have been aware of the ongoing lawsuit that alleged racial discrimination against one of the most notable fire departments in the nation, the FDNY. However, earlier in March 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration have finally brought the lawsuit to an end.
Although many safeguards are put into place to ensure the safety of employees, it is an unfortunate reality that accidents and causalities still occur. Unforeseen mishaps can turn into tragedy all too quickly, as was the recent case with an on-the-job accident involving a Texas construction worker.
One construction worker was treated for hypothermia, while another was pronounced dead after an on-the-job accident took place during construction of the Baylor University football stadium and pedestrian bridge.
The two men were working on the bridge in early February 2014 when their harnesses rolled or slid off the barge they were working on, causing both men to be tossed into the cold water of the Brazos River.
One man unfastened his safety harness and was able to make it to the surface. He was treated and later released from the hospital. Divers found the body of the other man later in the night in about 16 feet of water still tethered to the safety harness and wearing his flotation equipment. The cause of death was determined to be drowning, suggesting he was not killed on impact.
Many employees, specifically construction workers face innumerable dangers while at work. Workers are in constant risk of injury or death from a multitude of scenarios but an employer is obligated to ensure the safety and well-being of all employees. As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) begins their investigation to determine the cause of this fatal construction accident, it is vital that you get informed, know your rights and if necessary contact an experienced employment attorney.
As an employee, you spend much of your time and energy dedicated to your work and career. In return, you expect compensation but you also expect to be treated fairly, honestly and with respect. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination occurs all too often around the country and it acts a reminder of the difficulties many employees have to face.
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Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, announced in December 2013 that an agreement has been reached to reinstate 25 employees before the end of the holiday season. The employment of the workers ended suddenly, earlier in the month, following wage dispute with store management.
“Because of this agreement, 25 workers will be back to work in time for the holidays,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “New York’s labor laws exist to ensure the protection and fair treatment of employees in the workplace. My office will take swift action where there is any indication that an employer may have retaliated against workers for complaining about illegal labor conditions.” Read more