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Case Update: Dairy Drivers Settle Overtime Lawsuit

Here is an update on another case we've been following, which we originally wrote about nearly a year ago in a post entitled The power of punctuation: Commas, business contracts and the law. In March 2017, the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a group of dairy drivers were non-exempt employees entitled to overtime pay based on the omission of an Oxford comma from the state's wage and hour statute. Last Thursday, the parties agreed to settle the case for $5 million, pending Court approval, and the Maine legislature has revised the statute to include semicolons, which will likely make these drivers exempt from overtime going forward.

New Laws and Changes to Existing Laws that Will Impact All New York Employers

New Laws and Changes to Existing Laws that Will Impact All New York Employers Several new laws significantly impacting New York employees and employers were passed in 2017. Employees and employers are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with these new laws and determine how the legal developments will affect their jobs and businesses.

A transfer denial can give rise to discrimination lawsuit

Employees who experience discrimination or bias from a supervisor are in a difficult situation. While discrimination is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, many employees prefer to first explore alternatives to litigation. One alternative is to seek a lateral transfer to move into a better work environment.

New legislation aims to close gender wage gap in NYC

Signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio on May 4, 2017, a new measure designed to close the gender wage gap will take effect on October 31. An amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law, the legislation makes it illegal for an employer to look into an applicant's salary history. City lawmakers believe questions about salary history can lead to discriminatory payment practices.

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