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Taking the “Free” out of Freelance – Part 2

As we recently blogged [link], the New York City Council has passed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (“FIFA”), which will take effect on May 15, 2017.  This law protects freelancers by requiring that they receive written contracts and timely payment.  … Read more…

Taking the “Free” out of Freelance – Part 1

Freelancers have often struggled to collect pay from unscrupulous companies and individuals who hired them and then took advantage of the freelancers’ vulnerability. Thanks to a new law, much of that will change in New York City. The New York … Read more…

Tips for Electronic Paychecks

Do you have to log onto a website or intranet to get your paystub?  Do you just let those stubs sit in the cloud, figuring they’ll be there later if you need them?  Well, that’s true as long as you’re … Read more…

New Regulations Needed for Gig Economy

Our nation’s employment laws, including the civil rights laws, were written in the last century when employers used employees to carry out their business.  In the 21st century, many companies have moved toward a gig economy, which helps them avoid … Read more…

Season’s Greetings

This year, Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher will be helping to preserve our environment by sending e-cards instead of paper holiday cards.  With our purchase of the e-cards, eCO2 Greetings will be planting at least 50 trees on our behalf. This measure … Read more…

Victims of Sex Discrimination Who Succeed Under the New York State Human Rights Law are Now Entitled to Have Their Employers Pay Their Attorney Fees

The Women’s Equality Act provides that plaintiffs who win sex discrimination cases under the New York State Human Rights Law can collect their attorney fees from their employers — yet another way the new law makes sex discrimination an expensive … Read more…

Pregnant Women Are Entitled To Workplace Accommodations Under The Women’s Equality Act

The Women’s Equality Act also contains significant new protections for pregnant workers in New York State. Prior New York state law, like federal law, barred discrimination against pregnant workers, but it did not mandate that pregnant workers be accommodated in … Read more…

Sex Discrimination Is Now Unlawful in All New York State Workplaces

The Women’s Equality Act changes New York State law so that sex discrimination is now unlawful in all workplaces in New York, regardless of size. Until the passage of the Women’s Equality Act, women who worked for very small employers … Read more…

New York’s Stronger Equal Pay Law

In our last post, we briefly overviewed the employment-related bills that make up the recently enacted New York Women’s Equality Act. In these next couple of posts we will expand upon some of those components. First up is the strengthening … Read more…

Governor Cuomo Signs Womens Equality Act

Today, Governor Cuomo signed into the law the Women’s Equality Act, which includes several provisions that significantly expand the employment rights of women. The Act takes effect in 90 days and Strengthens New York State’s Equal Pay law by outlawing … Read more…

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